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    Changes to Ontario Childcare on the horizon!!!! Good news, ladies :)

    I'm Christine from the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Independent Childcare Providers of Ontario. We were informed a few days ago of this announcement, but were sworn to secrecy by Lisa McLeod and the Ministry of Education. Please see the announcement below that was just made public by CICPO about an hour ago. We still have to go through public consultations and whatnot, just like with the inception of the CCEYA. With a majority government in our favour, the likelihood is extremely high that we will see these changes in the new year. There will be, I would think, a media smear campaign against us put forth by the licensed sector lobbyists. I hope that we can call on all of you for support when needed. This is very exciting news and is the result of 5 years of grueling work and lobbying by CICPO and our members. Congrats ladies! Relief is on its way

    CICPO Coalition of Independent Childcare Providers of Ontario
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    This afternoon in the Ontario Legislature, Minister Smith tabled a Bill called Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act. This Bill covers many ministries, the Ministry of Education component, specifically child care, that relates to you as a home child care provider is as follows:

    1) Home child care providers in both the licensed and non-licensed sectors would not be required to count their own 4 & 5 year olds in their totals at any time.
    2) Home child care providers in both the licensed and non-licensed sectors would be able to care for up to three children under 24 months within their totals.

    It is expected that these changes will be debated in the House in February. If all goes to plan they may be in effect by the summer.

    On behalf of CICPO's members and partners we want to congratulate this government for its continued support of Ontario families and the Independent child care sector. This new bill not only shows great courage and foresight by its continued recognition of the enormous value and professionalism of the independent child care sector but rights the wrongs of the previous government's short sighted and biased regulations under the CCEYA. This legislation will began to restore the tens of thousands of affordable, high quality spaces lost to Ontario families over the last two years under the previous administration and allow Ontario's families to once again be in charge of the decision making regarding their children's care.

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    Thank you so much cfred. As I mentioned before no changes until 2020 (I guess when I got my inf. Was counted as the school years go ex. Sep 2019 to Jun 2020) Anyway absolutely wonderful news.

    Thank you.

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    Wow, that's interesting. I believe only Alberta currently doesn't count their own household children ever. Every other province has to count their own either all the time or if they are physically on the premises (before school, after school, school closure days, sick and out of school) until they are around 12 years old even if the other parent is home to care for the household child.

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    Ontario Icp's, please be aware and post your comments in evety social media you are. It was only four hours since the public announcement and "the star" has published in maNY websites for people to make their comments, in four hours 260 replies already against it. I'm sure by now it might have increased even more.

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    Yep, we have to present ourselves properly. That article was rife with misinformation. Not sure how that's even legal without a retraction. At any rate, CICPO is putting together an op ed piece. So everyone knows what we're doing - we're not nearly done yet. These changes are a nice start, but we want more. We are pushing for mandatory safety requirements in order to provide care at all including appropriate First Aid/CPR, criminal background check and insurance. We also still want the provincial registry. I'm meeting with insurance management from my brokerage on Monday night to start working on a group insurance plan. They're keen and coming to my home, so that's cool. I also started the ball rolling on group rates for St John's Ambulance and will return to that. That's just what I'm doing. The others are also working and planning. So things are definitely moving in the right direction and now we have a government that listens to us. Good things are on their way!

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