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North Bay calling for affordable childcare in Ontario

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City council is joining the calls for Ontario to sign a $10-a-day childcare program with the Federal government. 

Councillor Bill Vrebosch’s motion supports one sent to them from the City of St Catharines.  

He says childcare right now is much more expensive than $10-a-day. 

“I checked with our local people.  An infant up to 18 months is $47 a day, preschool up to age 5 (is) $39.50 a day, before and after school (is) $21.25 a day,” he says.  

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Vrebosch says right now there are over 2,000 kids on the waitlist in Nipissing alone. 

“We are negating half the available workforce by forcing one parent to stay home.  Putting people back to work, who pay income tax, is a positive for any government.  Ontario needs to get on board and join the national strategy that gets people back to work and gives us affordable childcare,” he says. 

Vrebosch also says they don’t have to reinvent the wheel, either. 

“All of the other provinces have already joined in,’ he says. 

Council unanimously endorsed the motion. 

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