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Bill 10 Passes Second Reading in Legislative Assembly

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Bill 10, also known as the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014 and formerly known as Bill 143, is an act to “enact the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, to repeal the Day Nurseries Act, to amend the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007, the Education Act and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts.”  The first reading was carried on July 10, 2014.

On November 9th, after considerable debate, Bill 10 passed second reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.  The process for moving forward will be for the Bill to be reviewed by the Committee, which may involve public hearings and consideration of amendments, followed by a report back to the House for a possible third reading and final approval.

Released by the Ontario newsroom on the day of the first reading:

“The legislation, if passed, would strengthen oversight of the province’s unlicensed child care sector, while increasing access to licensed child care options for families. In addition, it would allow the province to immediately shut down a child care provider when a child’s safety is at risk.

The proposed legislation would also:

  • Give the province the authority to issue administrative penalties of up to $100,000 per infraction by a child care provider.
  • Increase the maximum penalty for offences under the act from $2,000 to $250,000 upon conviction.
  • Increase the number of children a licensed home-based child care provider can care for from five to six.
  • Clarify what programs and activities are exempt from licensing requirements, including care provided by relatives, babysitters, nannies and camps that provide programs for school-age children.
  • Clarify the requirement that all private schools that care for more than five children under the age of four must be licensed.
  • Amend the Education Act to require school boards to ensure before-and after-school programs are available to six- to12 year-olds, where there is sufficient demand.”

Please CLICK HERE to view Bill 10 in its present state.

Also from the Ministry of Education, there is now a registry of unlicensed child care violations, containing verified violations against caregivers since January 2012.  This new search tool is intended to assist parents in making informed decisions about their child care arrangements.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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