Child care modernization

Learn how Ontario is modernizing and building a child care and early years system that is high quality, seamless and more responsive to parents’ needs.

The Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 (Bill 10)

As of August 31, 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act will come into effect. This new legislation will replace the outdated Day Nurseries Act. For further information about the rules and regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014:

Why modernize care

Ontario’s child care system has served us well, but hasn’t changed fundamentally since the 1980s. We are working to transform child care in Ontario to better reflect the realities of our modern world.

With full-day kindergarten, Ontario is at the forefront of a global transformation in early learning.

Our approach

We are doing this through a multi-year plan to enhance programs and supports for children from 0-12 years of age. This approach addresses the following areas:

  • completing the rollout of full-day kindergarten in September 2014
  • modernizing the legislative and regulatory framework for child care (The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014) including strengthening oversight of the unlicensed child care sector, increasing capacity in the licensed child care sector and improving data and information available to parents and the public
  • increasing transparency in funding with a new funding formula for child care
  • creating an effective approach to implementing Best Start Child and Family Centres
  • enhancing program quality/consistency in child care and early years programs
  • improving delivery of children's speech and language services

Together, these changes will update Ontario's child care and early years system, better support parents across the province, and ensure that our children have the best possible start in life.

This approach has been developed from numerous consultations with parents and stakeholders over the last few years.

Supporting research

Updated: June 9, 2015