May 16, 2018 6:22 am
Updated: May 16, 2018 11:15 am

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath doesn’t elaborate on child care sliding scale

A new IPSOS poll shows a majority of Ontarians concerned about the rising debt and deficit in Ontario, with 71 per cent preferring spending cuts to balance the budget.


Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wouldn’t provide details today of what families earning more than $40,000 would pay for child care under her plan for the province.

The NDP is proposing to fully subsidize public, licensed, not-for-profit child care for those lower-income earners if elected next month.

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Households earning more than $40,000 would pay an average of $12 a day, but the NDP has not given details about brackets, specific fees or caps.

Horwath was asked several times for those details today, and would only say that it is a sliding scale.

She says the highest-income families in the province will not see a huge break, but families who are struggling to pay their rent and hydro bills need help.

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The NDP child-care plan also proposes to increase wages for early childhood educators and add 202,000 new not-for-profit, licensed, affordable child-care spaces.

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