Overview And Comparisons

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Ontario. Legislative Assembly. The Day Nurseries Act. Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990 (reprinted 1998).
Amended by The Services Improvement Act effective January 1, 1998

Ontario. Legislative Assembly. Ontario Regulation 262, 1990. (Amended 1998, 1999)

Provincial official responsible for child care

Ann Masson, Director
Child Care and Community Services Branch
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Hepburn Block, Room 476, 4th Floor
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1E9

Telephone: (416) 327-0326 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting(416) 327-0326end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Facsimile: (416) 325-5349

Child care services


Maximum number of children permitted


Figure does not include the caregiver's own children.

Child care resource centres (also known as family resource programs) Resource centres provide support services to parents and regulated and unregulated caregivers in their caregiving role. The range of services can include: drop-in programs, resource lending libraries, playgroups, training opportunities, and educational workshops.


Day nurseries (child care centres, nursery schools) Group care for less than 24 hours/day for five or more unrelated children under 12 years and under 18 years for children with a developmental handicap.

Supervised private home day care (home child care) Care for up to five children from 0-12 years in a private home that is supervised by a licensed agency. Not more than two children may be under 2 years, and not more than three children may be under 3 years, including the caregiver's children under 6 years.

Children with special needs

Ontario does not have a written policy regarding children with special needs but encourages integration and inclusion of children with special needs into community child care services. Responsibility for special needs resourcing programs are being transferred to municipal governments. Special needs resourcing funds are used to purchase services of resource teachers, who provide support to the child, caregiver and parents. They may work with several children in multiple locations.

Aboriginal child care

Ontario funds and licenses on-reserve child care. As of September 1998, there were 53 licensed child care centres on-reserve with a licensed capacity of 2,159. There were also 13 centres off-reserve serving aboriginal children with a licensed capacity of 356, and three private home day care agencies with 62 homes serving Aboriginal children.

The Day Nurseries Act treats Indian Bands in a manner analogous to municipalities for the purpose of child care funding and administration. Expenses are cost-shared with the federal government through the 1965 Canada/Ontario Agreement Respecting Welfare Programs for Indians.