Owl's Board of Directors has affirmed support for universally accessible, high quality, non-profit, regulated child care that is affordable for families and includes professional pay and decent work for educators.

As part of this mandate, we'll share information on advocacy campaigns that are working towards that goal.

Advocacy Associations and Campaigns

Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO)

The AECEO is the professional association for ECEs and its primary purpose is to advocate for respect, recognition and appropriate wages and working conditions for all ECEs.

Current projects

  • Voices from emergency child care and next steps for advocacy
  • Transforming Work in Ontario's Early Years and Child Care Sector (PDF)
    The policy recommendations focus on advancing the early childhood profession as one of the key supports in expanding access to early years and child care programs in Ontario while also enhancing quality.
  • Decent Work Charter (PDF)

Child Care Now

Child Care Now is dedicated to advocating for a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit child care system. Our organization is non-profit, membership-based and regionally representative.

Current projects

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)

Ontario’s central advocacy group for a universal early childhood education and care system. We want: low fees or no fees for parents; decent work and pay for educators; and an expansion of public and non-profit services.

Formed in 1981, the OCBCC is a member organization comprising local child care centres, national and provincial groups and individuals from all across Ontario. Our members are educators, parents, grandparents, centre directors and trade unionists.

Current projects


Government Relations

COVID-19 Supports for Child Care

In response to COVID-19, as part of our Owl's response and recovery plan, we have reached out to the Ministry of Education and Provincial Government to address several issues including health and safety protocols and the need for stabilization funding for hte sector.

As of March 15, 80% (parent fees) of Owl's revenue is lost. Thanks to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), our educators and staff remain fully employed. While expectations have been adjusted to take into account employee's personal commitments while working from home, employees contiunue to engage and connect with families, complete professional decvelopment and plan curriculum for when we are able to return. As well, the operations team is working on enrolment for the fall and development of new policies and practices to support a safe return to child care for when we are able to re-open.

On May 19, we received confirmation that provincial and regional funding may not be used for staff wages during the COVID closure. Financial support for other ongoing fixed operating costs may be provided but is not likely to be adequate.

In managing the financial risks of COVID-19 on the organization, the board of directors and management are closely moniting Owl's financial position and will be required to fully deplete the risk mangement reserve fund and dip into other reserves to help us through this difficult time.

Emergency child care for essential workers is free for workers and paid for by the government. Per diems, paid by the government, range from $80 to over $200 per space per day (dependent on the age group). Once child care centres re-open, emergency child care will end. Centres then return to their usual per diems ranging from $25 to $85 per day (again depending on the age group). Funding has not yet been annunced to support operators in opening at reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing, for PPE or additional staff required to conduct screening and cleaning.

We need a coordinated, well funded recovery plan for child care to ensure the health and safety of children and staff and the long-term sustainability of child care centres.

Parent Advocacy: Lend your Voice
As a parent, your voice and perspective during the COVID-19 recovery period is important. Parents are invited to contact their local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to discuss:
  • Share your personal thoughts
    • impacts of COVID-19 on your children and family
    • learn from home and how that's going, if applicable
    • on re-opening schools and child care
  • Inquire:
    • Will the government provide adequate stabilization funding to replace parent fees duirng a phased in recovery period where centres are required to operate at less than full capacity?
    • Will the government formally identify child care as an essential service and move forward towards universal child care with supply side funding that will truly lower the cost of child care and ensure professional pay and decent work for educators?
    • From a risk perspective, if it is too risky to re-open schools, how do we mitigate the same risks in a child care centre where children are less capable of physical distancing and do so in a way that protects children's rights and their developmental needs?
MPP Contact Information:

Other Pertinent Information

Stabilization funding

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