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TORONTO, ON. — The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario commends the Ontario government’s announcement last week of 25,000 new child care spaces in the province.

This is a win for everyone involved, and Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services, Mary Anne Chambers, is to be applauded,” said Shellie Bird, an early childhood educator and member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents over 4,000 early childhood educators and child care workers in the province of Ontario.

More children will get early care and education, and more families will get support,” said Ms Bird. “We are also delighted that the Minister recognized the need to deal with chronic recruitment and retention issues that plague the child care sector because of low wages and also that, if Ontario is going to get the system off the ground, it will require 100% provincial funding for expansion.”

Child care professionals who are members of CUPE are committed to rebuilding strong communities in Ontario and across Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Shellie Bird
CUPE Ontario’s Social Services Workers
Coordinating Committee (Child Care), Chair
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
(613) 728-8146

Edward Shaw
CUPE Communications
(416) 299-9739 ext 264