09 May 2020 – Ontario government and Ministry of Education announce support for parents

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Education
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Reopening schools; Legal and policy; New initiatives
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce

Overview: The Ontario government and Ministry of Education have announced support for parents by ensuring that they retain access to local licensed child care and EarlyON Child and Family Centres. This new plan works with federal and municipal governments to provide supports to licensed child care providers, ensuring they remain sustainable and ready to open when parents return to work as the economy gradually reopens.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/05/ontario-government-supporting-parents-as-economy-reopens.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Evidence/Justification: The government explains that protection of local child care spaces and saving parents money are key justifications for this policy. The aim of the policy is to ensure that families can re-enter the workforce with confidence in their child care options as Ontario’s economy begins to open.