Doug Ford says Ontario close to child-care deal; province is last to strike an agreement

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province is “very, very close” to a child-care deal with the federal government.

His comments to a radio station in Kenora today come after a deal announced Monday with Nunavut leaves Ontario as the only jurisdiction without a deal with Ottawa for $10-a-day child care.

Ford told Q104 Kenora that he is confident Ontario will strike a deal that will be beneficial for everyone.

Read more: Nunavut latest to sign $10-a-day child care deal with feds, only Ontario left

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Monday that the province is pushing for more than the $10.2 billion on offer from Ottawa to ensure that fees can be reduced to $10 a day since Ontario families pay some of the highest prices in the country for care.

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He said Ontario is also making the case that families who send their children to either not-for-profit or independent child-care settings should benefit from the fee reductions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that the federal government has been ready to sign a deal with Ontario for “many, many months now” and is still optimistic an agreement can be reached.

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