“Few decisions are as personal, or important, to parents as the care of a child,” said Scott. “Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals believe in ‘one-size-fits all’ government childcare. They believe that the government — and not parents — should decide what’s best for their children. Our plan will put more money in parents’ pockets and respect the choices of moms and dads in deciding what’s best for their kids.”
Under the PC Plan, parents will receive an Ontario Childcare Rebate that will pay up to 75% of a family’s childcare expenses, with lower income families receiving the most support. Unlike the Liberal Plan, which only covers children between ages 2-4, and restricts childcare options to government-licensed providers, the Ontario PC Plan will cover childcare costs for children up to 15 years of age and cover multiple forms of care.
“Our plan will cover any form of childcare that works for individual families and their unique situations,” said Scott. “Licensed care, independent care, babysitters, nannies and after-school programs will all be covered. Our plan is modest, responsible and affordable. It covers more kids, and more families. And, most importantly, it respects parents and provides them with the ability to choose the kind of child care that works best for them.”
Scott’s announcement is the latest in a series of PC commitments that will put more money in the pockets of Ontario families. To date, these commitments include a minimum wage tax credit, scrapping the carbon tax and cap and trade slush fund and introducing a series of reforms that will reduce Ontario residential hydro bills by 12%.
“Our plan will put more money in your pockets. Not the government’s pockets and not the insiders’ pockets,” said Scott. “It is a plan for the people, rather than for the government.”