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Mississauga death in unlicensed childcare renews concerns about private care

OFL pushing for safe and affordable childcare in Ontario.

OFL says Ontario needs a properly funded and fully regulated childcare system.Toronto (January 11, 2011): In the wake of the tragic death of 14-month-old Duy-An Nguyen while in unlicensed childcare in Mississauga, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling for a Coroner's inquiry and government action. Lack of sufficient regulation and public funding puts many children at risk.

"Baby Duy-An's death in unlicensed childcare is a tragedy that no family should endure and our hearts go out to them," said Marie Kelly, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "We hope that this wake-up call will cause the Ontario Government to introduce appropriate security measures and safeguards in all child care facilities."

  "When the system has let us down, we need full answers and appropriate policy changes."

According to the OFL, the ideal — and safest — childcare option for parents is a licensed and regulated environment, but high fees and long waiting lists leave many parents with no other choice than informal childcare. In Ontario, only 20 percent of young children have access to a regulated space. Without subsidies like those in Manitoba and Quebec that reduce fees to affordable levels, Ontario parents pay an average of $40 a day for each child. At this rate, childcare fees can be greater than $10,000 a year and are often the second highest expense for young families.

The OFL is calling for a Coroner's inquiry into the death of Duy-An Nguyen and a full investigation into the systemic conditions that leave parents with no choice other than unlicensed and unregulated childcare facilities.

"The death of any child deserves a full investigation, but when it is the system that has let us down, we need full answers and appropriate policy changes," said Kelly. "Ontario needs a properly funded and fully-regulated childcare system to ensure no other family is faced with this tragedy."

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Posted: January 28, 2011

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