Labour Council Joins Others in Demanding Ontario Take Action

Release Date: 
March 3, 2008

OTTAWA – The Ottawa and District Labour Council is joining the chorus of individuals and organizations requesting that the Ontario government immediately introduce a moratorium on new licenses for commercial child care operators.

“It defies logic and understanding that our provincial government actually contemplates that our children become bar codes for these large corporations like 123 Busy Beavers or ABC Early Learning Centres,” said Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council.

At both the federal and provincial level the NDP have introduced legislation that would restrict new child care centres to not-for-profit operators, while renewing licenses for existing for-profit operators.

“The province needs to quickly take steps to implement the time –limited moratorium on licensing to protect the role that government, communities, and parents play in the planning and delivery of quality learning and child care,” said Shellie Bird, president of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

Richard Girard, a parent and board member of the Glebe Parents Day Care Centre, adds, “I have both my children in the Centre and can speak directly about the benefits that come to my children when parents sit on the board of directors and have a direct say in the decisions that affect the quality of care in the Centre.”

Several parents and organizations will be at the Glebe Parents Day Care, 10 Fifth Avenue, Ottawa at 10:00am today to give a tour and to talk more about the “It’s time for Public Child Care” campaign.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council has been the voice of the Labour movement in Ottawa since 1872 and currently represents 45,000 workers. The ODLC brings together 90 area unions representing all sectors within the community.

Contacts:
Shellie Bird, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care 613 233-0228
Sean McKenny, Ottawa & District Labour Council 613-233-7820