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Funding boost strengthens early years childcare and learning for York Region families

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York has received an additional $12.6 million in provincial funding for 2017 to maintain and enhance the early learning and child care system for York Region children and families.

“Among our growing population in York Region are an increasing number of young families with child care and early intervention needs,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Increased funding for children’s services will support the physical facilities, plus the staff and families all working together to provide high quality care for our youngest citizens.”

New provincial funding has been allocated to municipalities across Ontario to improve early years children’s services over the next five years for children from birth to age four. In York Region, an additional $12,680,652 in 2017 funding will be used to:

  • Help families with low income access licensed child care
  • Minimize wait time for new families applying for fee assistance
  • Help with the cost of repairs and maintenance at licensed child care centres 
  • Provide wage enhancement funding to more licensed child care centres
  • Provide additional services for children with special needs, including funding and supports to licensed child care operators serving children with special needs 

“This new funding in 2017 has the potential to support 1,370 additional children in York Region,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of Community and Health Services. “The support these families receive will allow them to seek better employment, housing and food leading to healthier lives for themselves and their children.”

As part of ongoing efforts to build children’s services, York Region has increased supports for children with special needs, improved the quality of early learning programs and supported wage enhancements for educators. Recent enhancements include increasing the number of children with special needs supported in licensed child care, providing funding to 441 licensed child care sites to purchase toys and equipment and distributing more than $17 million in wage enhancements to 482 licensed child care centres in 2016.

Since 2013, York Region has received $31 million in new provincial funding for investment in the child care system. This funding helps maintain a stable and supportive early learning and child care system for York Region families. For more information on children’s services in York Region, visit

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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