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Increase in childcare funding

Amrit Mangat, member of the Ontario provincial parliament, says the significant 53 per cent increase over last year to child care funding for Peel Region shows the province is listening and taking positive action.

“A 53 per cent increase to the child care funding formula represents clearly how Peel is benefitting from a positive relationship with the province.”

Mangat pointed out that for 2013, Peel’s funding for child care will be $82 million, up $28,515,972 or 53 per cent over last year’s funding of $53,484,028.

“The objective of our new funding formula, based on a discussion paper released last June, is to modernize the approach to operating funding, making it more transparent and equitable, responding to demand for services, stabilize fees, improve reliability of child care, all to better meet the needs of child care operators and parents,” said Mangat.

“Residents living in Mississauga, Brampton and the entire Region of Peel have seen the results of increased funding in a number of vital areas that improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods,” she said.

She noted that:
• A 39 per cent increase in provincial transfer payments for welfare and other municipally-run benefit programs;
• $8 million more for local hospital emergency rooms;
• 82 per cent increase for nurses helping patients from ambulances at local ERs;
• And the highest level ever of $24 million in provincial gas tax funding for public transit.

Posted: Jan 31, 2013

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