Regulation - LGIC

Proposed Regulatory Amendments under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the Education Act

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 137/15 (General)
O. Reg. 138/15 (Funding, Cost Sharing and Financial Assistance)
O. Reg. 221/11 (Extended Day and Third Party Programs)
Bill or Act:
Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014; Education Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Education ("the ministry") is seeking feedback on proposed regulatory amendments under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) and the Education Act. We want to hear from early years and child care partners as well as families. Please send us your feedback on the proposed regulatory amendments, including how you think they could impact: the health and safety of children in child care; the costs of operating child care; and the choice, availability, and affordability of child care for families.

BACKGROUND

On August 31, 2015, the CCEYA came into effect, replacing the Day Nurseries Act (DNA). The ministry has taken a phased approach to introducing regulatory changes.

In the first phase, 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)

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.

A third set of regulatory changes was introduced in March 2018 with varying effective dates, and focused on areas such as reduction of administrative burden, enforcement, recreation, funding, and age groupings and ratios.

PROPOSED REGULATORY CHANGES

The ministry continues to take a multi-year, phased approach to the development and implementation of updated regulatory requirements under the CCEYA.

The ministry is proposing regulatory changes that aim to make it easier for licensees and providers to comply with the rules. Many of these proposed changes have been informed by feedback that the government has heard from the child care sector in previous consultations and feedback.

The government is developing a new child care plan for Ontario. These proposed regulatory changes are part of that plan, and would support implementation in three key areas:
A.Reducing red tape and administrative burden
B.Increasing choice and availability for families
C.Improving quality and delivering high standards of care

HOW TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK

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 May 19, 2019.

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
315 Front Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 0B8
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed amended regulations would remove duplicative, unnecessary and onerous requirements. They are aimed at saving time, providing clarity, and offering flexibility for child care sector businesses. There could be minimal direct compliance costs for the child care sector related to the time and effort undertaken to learn about all of the proposed regulatory changes. However, it is anticipated that these costs would be offset by the benefits to child care sector businesses achieved through the remaining proposed regulatory amendments in this posting. There would be no other indirect costs as a result of proposed amended regulations.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
19-EDU001
Posting Date:
April 4, 2019
Comments Due Date:
May 19, 2019
Contact Address:
Regulatory Registry Feedback
c/o Early Years and Child Care Division
Ministry of Education
315 Front Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 0B8
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