MPP Walker announces $600,000 child care investment at Tobermory school

Bill Walker

Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Media Release

For Immediate Release

January 27, 2022

MPP Walker announces $600,000 child care investment at Tobermory school

NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA – The Ontario government is investing $600,000 to create 39 child care spaces at St Edmunds Public School in Tobermory to help working families in Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker announced the investment at the school on January 27. Walker was joined by officials from the Bluewater School Board including Board Chair Jane Thomson, Northern Bruce Peninsula Mayor Milt McIver, Bruce County Warden Janice Jackson and officials from Tobermory Primary Place. The investment is part of the provincial government’s commitment to supporting affordable and accessible child care in communities across the province.

Once complete, the project will provide 1 toddler room and 1 preschool room through the province’s Early Years Capital Program.

“This is terrific news for the entire community in Northern Bruce Peninsula and Tobermory. We have been waiting a long time for this news and I want to thank Minister of Education Stephen Lecce for his support in making this project a reality,” said Walker. “The COVID-19 outbreak has reminded us how important schools and child care are to students, parents and families, across the province. They are the heartbeat of our communities. They bring people together for the shared experience of learning.”

The expansion at St Edmunds Public School in Bluewater District School Board is part of a provincewide investment of more than $600 million to support school and child care spaces that were recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. The overall investment will support 78 school and child care related projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $95 million to create more than 3,000 new child care spaces through renovations and additions at 55 child care centres across Ontario. The investment will provide families with more options for their children.

“We are thrilled that the Ministry of Education has recognized the need for sustainable child care to better serve local families on the Bruce Peninsula through the investment of funding to create 39 new child care spaces at St. Edmunds Public School,” said Jane Thomson, Bluewater District School Board Chair and Trustee for the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula/Town of South Bruce Peninsula.  “Many thanks are owed to the ministry and MPP Bill Walker for supporting the long-term child care needs of the community, and our municipal partners at the County of Bruce and Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula for their hard work during this process.  We look forward to the beginning of a long and rewarding partnership with the volunteers and staff of Tobermory Primary Place, and warmly welcome them to our school community.  The addition of a modernized child care environment for our youngest learners and future students will benefit families on the peninsula for years to come.”

Across Ontario, the province is supporting the creation of 40 infant rooms (400 new spaces), 59 toddler rooms (885 new spaces), 71 preschool rooms (1,704 new spaces), and seven family age group rooms (105 new spaces).

The announcement supports Ontario’s child care plan which focuses on making child care more affordable, providing more choice and availability for families, reducing red tape and administrative burden, improving quality, and effectively delivering high standards of care.

“After years of neglect under the previous government, we are stepping up to support families by investing in affordable and accessible child care that meets their needs,” said Minister Lecce. “These investments are key to our economic recovery and further evidence of how our government continues to lead the way when it comes to investing in child care.”

As part of this plan to make child care affordable, safe and accessible, Ontario has committed up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces over five years. To date, over 23,000 new spaces have been approved and builds upon Ontario’s existing and well-established child care infrastructure giving families more choices and flexibility.