Item - 2019.EC8.16

Tracking Status

EC8.16 - Provincial Funding Changes and Previously-Approved Child Care Capital Projects - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 29 and 30, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council authorize the General Manager, Children's Services to proceed with the joint approval process for 49 school-based child care capital projects, in cooperation with school boards.

 

2. City Council authorize the General Manager, Children's Services to proceed with the joint approval process for up to 20 additional school-based child care capital projects under the Ministry of Education's memo (July 22, 2019) known as B17, in cooperation with school boards and subject to funding approval from the Province.

 

3.  City Council call on the Province to reverse the funding formula changes to child care in Ontario, and maintain previous Provincial funding levels.

 

4. City Council request the Ministry of Education to implement multi-year budgets for child care to allow the City to support improved planning at the local level and better align provincial funding allocations with the annual City budget process.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 1, 2019) Report and Appendix A from the General Manager, Children's Services on Provincial Funding Changes and Previously-Approved Child Care Capital Projects - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-138385.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(October 28, 2019) Supplementary report from the General Manager, Children's Services on Provincial Funding Changes and Previously Approved Child Care Capital Projects - Update (EC8.16a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-139465.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(October 23, 2019) Submission from Amy O'Neil (CC.Main.EC8.16.1)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That City Council request the Ministry of Education to implement multi-year budgets for child care to allow the City to support improved planning at the local level and better align provincial funding allocations with the annual City budget process.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-30-2019 10:42 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EC8.16 - Cressy - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Shelley Carroll, Michael Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-30-2019 10:43 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EC8.16 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Michael Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson

EC8.16 - Provincial Funding Changes and Previously-Approved Child Care Capital Projects - Update

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Economic and Community Development Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council authorize the General Manager, Children's Services to proceed with the joint approval process for 49 school-based child care capital projects, in cooperation with school boards.

 

2. City Council authorize the General Manager, Children's Services to proceed with the joint approval process for up to 20 additional school-based child care capital projects under the Ministry of Education's memo (July 22, 2019) known as B17, in cooperation with school boards and subject to funding approval from the Province.

 

3.  City Council call on the Province to reverse the funding formula changes to child care in Ontario, and maintain previous Provincial funding levels.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Economic and Community Development Committee:

 

1.  Requested the General Manager, Children's Services to report back to the Economic and Community Development Committee on Council's approved Child Care Growth Strategy, including a strategy to increase child care spaces in wards of highest and high priority.

Origin

(October 1, 2019) Report from the General Manager, Children's Services

Summary

This report responds to a City Council request for an update on the potential service impacts of provincial funding changes and a report on school-based child care capital projects that were previously approved by the Ministry of Education. Capital costs of approximately $87.0 million for these projects are fully funded by the Province, while service system managers must confirm that operating costs will be managed within their existing budgets.

 

In addition, this report provides a status update on the status of the Auditor General's recommendation which directed the City Manager's Office to review the costs as well as financial and non-financial benefits of Toronto Early Learning and Child Care Services using an evidence-based and measurable approach, as outlined in the 2018 report, "Children's Services Division: Opportunities to Achieve Greater Value for Child Care from Public Funds".

Background Information

(October 1, 2019) Report and Appendix A from the General Manager, Children's Services on Provincial Funding Changes and Previously-Approved Child Care Capital Projects - Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ec/bgrd/backgroundfile-138385.pdf

Speakers

Carolina Studart
Carolyn Ferns, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The General Manager, Children's Services, report back to the Economic and Community Development Committee on Council's approved Child Care Growth Strategy, including a strategy to increase child care spaces in wards of highest and high priority.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council call on the Province to reverse the funding formula changes to child care in Ontario, and maintain previous Provincial funding levels.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council