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Regulatory Registry Consultation Document Regarding Child Care Wait List Fees

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg 137/15
Bill or Act:
Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Summary of Decision:
Regulatory amendments were filed August 2, 2016.

The approved regulatory amendments include:

• Prohibiting child care licensees from charging refundable or non-refundable wait list fees or deposits;
• Requiring licensees to develop a wait list policy that must be included in the parent handbook and which must include a clear explanation of how the licensee determines the order in which children on a wait list are offered admission;
• Requiring that wait list status be made available to those on the wait list, on demand, in a manner that ensures confidentiality.

The ban on wait list fees is effective September 1, 2016, while the amendments related to having a transparent wait list policy and accompanying policies and requirement to updates to parent handbooks will be effective January 1, 2017.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
16-EDU001
Posting Date:
May 17, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
The consultation document included as part of this posting to the Regulatory Registry Website describes the proposal to use authority under the CCEYA to amend Ontario Regulation 137/15: General to include provisions that prohibit child care licensees from charging wait list fees or deposits and requires licensees to develop a wait list policy.

All interested parties are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed regulations by July 4, 2016. The ministry values the unique and diverse perspectives from parents/families and broader child care, education, service system management, and early years partners.

Feedback can be provided in one of three ways:

1) By using the comments field which appears when the "Comment on this proposal via e-mail" field is accessed below.

2) By email: CCGE_modernization@ontario.ca

3) By regular mail:

Child Care Modernization
c/o Early Years Division
Ministry of Education
900 Bay Street, 24th Floor, Mowat Block
Toronto ON M7A 1L2

Contact Address:
Child Care Modernization
c/o Early Years Division
Ministry of Education
900 Bay Street, 24th floor, Mowat Block
Toronto ON M7A 1L2
Effective Date:
September 1, 2016
Decision:
Approved