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Regulatory Registry Consultation Document supporting the Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 137/15 (General)
O. Reg. 138/15 (Funding, Cost Sharing, and Financial Assistance)
Bill or Act:
Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
Purpose

The purpose of this document is to seek feedback on proposed regulatory amendments under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA). Please take the time to review this document and provide us with your comments. More information about how to respond is provided at the end of the document. Responses must be received by the Ministry of Education ("the ministry") no later than December 1, 2017.

On August 31, 2015, the CCEYA came into effect, replacing the Day Nurseries Act (DNA). The ministry took a phased approach to introducing regulatory changes. The following regulations came into effect on August 31, 2015, following a public consultation period:
• Ontario Regulation 137/15: General
• Ontario Regulation 138/15: Funding, Cost Sharing and Financial Assistance

As part of the continued phased approach to introducing regulatory changes, a second set of regulatory requirements was introduced in May 2016 with varying effective dates to provide the sector with transitional time to adjust, and focused on areas such as licensing clarity, enforcement, tiered licensing, and before and after school programs for children age 6-12 years old.

Proposed Regulatory Changes

Given the transformative scope of the legislative framework for the child care and early years sector, the ministry continues to take a multi-year, phased approach to the development and implementation of new updated regulatory requirements under the Act.

The government's renewed early years and child care vision is to ensure that Ontario's children and families have access to affordable, high-quality, and responsive child care and early years programs and services. Additional information about this vision is provided in the Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017).

EDU is proposing regulatory changes in the following key areas:

A. Reduction of Administrative Burden
B. Enhanced Enforcement
C. Recreation
D. Funding
E. Age Groupings and Ratios
F. Technical Amendments

Many of these proposed changes have been informed by feedback that the government has heard from the child care sector, including from licensees and child care providers. The proposed regulatory amendments support implementation of the Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework as they are aligned with the commitment to increase access, affordability, responsiveness and quality of child care and early years programs and services.

We are continuing to work together with our partners to transform and modernize child care in the province as part of the province's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework. Building on the previous phases of regulatory changes, these proposed changes will continue to refine and improve the regulatory framework and continue to support the health, safety, and well-being of children.

All interested parties are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed regulations. The Ministry of Education values the unique and diverse perspectives from parents, families and broader child care and early years partners.

Please provide the ministry with your comments no later than December 1, 2017.

You may send your response by e-mail to: CCGE_modernization@ontario.ca

Alternatively, you may wish to send your response by mail to:

Regulatory Registry Feedback
c/o Early Years and Child Care Division
Ministry of Education
900 Bay Street, 24th floor Mowat Block
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2

Further Information:
Proposal Number:
17-EDU004
Posting Date:
October 2, 2017
Comments Due Date:
December 1, 2017
Contact Address:
Regulatory Registry Feedback
c/o Early Years and Child Care Division
Ministry of Education
900 Bay Street, 24th floor Mowat Block
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2