Item - 2017.CD23.5

Tracking Status

CD23.5 - Child Care Growth Strategy - Phase One Implementation (2017 - 2019)

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 7, 8 and 9, 2017, adopted the following:  

 

1. City Council request the Province to develop policy guidelines to support a provincial salary and fee framework, including consideration of a geared to income sliding fee scale capped at $10 a day, that would advance the goals of the Child Care Growth Strategy; and provide greater flexibility to municipalities in the use of provincial funding to expedite the reduction of child care fees.

 

2.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Children's Services to enter into and execute agreements with non-profit and public sector partners to fund capital projects associated with the retrofit, expansion or development of child care spaces outside of schools to be funded from the Child Care Capital Reserve Fund (XR1103) using funds previously approved by City Council as part of the Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, with such agreements to be in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

3.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Children's Services to advance up to 90 percent of the cost of federally funded Capital Projects prior to December 31, 2018 with the remainder to be paid upon satisfactory completion of the projects to ensure that federal funds are committed prior to the December 31, 2018 deadline for expenditures, with such arrangements to be in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor and the Chief Financial Officer.

 

4.  City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, to undertake consultation with parents, child care agencies and other stakeholders on affordability options for licensed child care; the capital funding strategy and expansion plan; subsidy policy and funding changes to encourage increased access to child care services for workers with part-time or non-standard work hours.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 6, 2017) Report and Appendix A from the General Manager, Children's Services on Child Care Growth Strategy - Phase One Implementation (2017 - 2019)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-107586.pdf
(October 23, 2017) Presentation from the General Manager, Children Services on Growing Toronto's Licensed Child Care System
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-108140.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 20, 2017) Submission from Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE Local 79 (CD.New.CD23.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/comm/communicationfile-73132.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-09-2017 6:53 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD23.5 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Michael Ford, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, David Shiner, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Paul Ainslie, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Justin J. Di Ciano, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Giorgio Mammoliti, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson

CD23.5 - Child Care Growth Strategy - Phase One Implementation (2017 - 2019)

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council request that the Province develop policy guidelines to support a provincial salary and fee framework, including consideration of a geared to income sliding fee scale capped at $10 a day, that would advance the goals of the Child Care Growth Strategy; and provide greater flexibility to municipalities in the use of provincial funding to expedite the reduction of child care fees.

 

2.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Children's Services to enter into and execute agreements with non-profit and public sector partners to fund capital projects associated with the retrofit, expansion or development of child care spaces outside of schools to be funded from the Child Care Capital Reserve Fund (XR1103) using funds previously approved by Council as part of the Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, with such agreements to be in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

3.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Children's Services to advance up to 90 per cent of the cost of federally funded Capital Projects prior to December 31, 2018 with the remainder to be paid upon satisfactory completion of the projects to ensure that federal funds are committed prior to the December 31, 2018 deadline for expenditures, with such arrangements to be in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor and Chief Financial Officer.

 

4.  City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, to undertake consultation with parents, child care agencies and other stakeholders on affordability options for licensed child care; the capital funding strategy and expansion plan; subsidy policy and funding changes to encourage increased access to child care services for workers with part-time or non-standard work hours.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The General Manager, Children's Services gave a presentation to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on Growing Toronto's Licensed Child Care System.

Origin

(October 6, 2017) Report from the General Manager, Children's Services

Summary

This report provides details related to Phase One of implementing the Council-approved Toronto Licensed Child Care Growth Strategy (for children from birth to 4 years) and reflects the impacts of recent funding commitments from the federal and provincial governments. It highlights targets and system transformations required to achieve the long-term goals of the Strategy including setting targets for growth, affordability and a thriving workforce and identifies policy issues that must be addressed.

Background Information

(October 6, 2017) Report and Appendix A from the General Manager, Children's Services on Child Care Growth Strategy - Phase One Implementation (2017 - 2019)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-107586.pdf
(October 23, 2017) Presentation from the General Manager, Children Services on Growing Toronto's Licensed Child Care System
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-108140.pdf

Communications

(October 20, 2017) Submission from Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE Local 79 (CD.New.CD23.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cd/comm/communicationfile-73132.pdf

Speakers

June Hall, Director, Main Square Day Care and Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care Board Member
Jane Mercer, Executive Coordinator, Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
Laurel Rothman, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
Alejandra Ruiz Vargas, Toronto ACORN
Pooria Just, Toronto ACORN
Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Shelley Carroll

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That Recommendations 1 and 4 in the report be amended to read as follows:

 

"1. City Council request that the Province develop policy guidelines to support a provincial salary and fee framework, including consideration of a geared to income sliding fee scale capped at $10 a day, that would advance the goals of the Growth Strategy; and provide greater flexibility to municipalities in the use of provincial funding to expedite the reduction of child care fees."

 

 

"4.  City Council request the General Manager, Children's Services, to undertake consultation with parents, child care agencies and other stakeholders on affordability options for licensed child care; the capital funding strategy and expansion plan;  subsidy policy and funding changes to encourage increased access to child care services for workers with part-time or non-standard work hours."

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-23-2017

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-23-2017

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council