Parents will no longer have to pay to be on a child care wait list.
Ontario has filed a regulation to end the fees effective September 1, 2016.
The ban will prevent licensed child care centres and home child care agencies from charging fees or requiring deposits to join wait lists.
Licensed child care will be required to develop a public wait list policy that clearly explains how those on a wait list are offered admission.
Wait list status will have to be made available to families, in a manner that protects the confidentiality of their personal information.
Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter said “We listened to parents and heard their concerns about wait list fees. That’s why we are stopping this unfair practice. No family should have to pay to simply be on a waiting list for child care. We will continue working with our partners to build a high-quality and accessible child care and early years system that better serves Ontario’s children and families.”
Ontario is the first province in Canada to ban child care wait list fees.