October 22nd, 2014

Statement from NDP MPP Monique Taylor on Ombudsman Investigation into Unlicensed Child Care

“Last year, I requested that the Ombudsman conduct an investigation into the government’s oversight of unlicensed child care. Today’s scathing report is deeply disturbing for parents like me. It reveals that this Liberal government has systematically failed to do its job to protect kids in unlicensed child care. This isn’t just about an old law that doesn’t work; it’s about a government that has put kids at risk through ‘years of bad administration and neglect,’ in the words of the Ombudsman. From complaints that go uninvestigated, to sloppy records and toothless inspections, it’s hard to see how the government could do a worse job.

“Parents deserve far better. No family should fear for their kid’s safety at child care. The Liberals need to act on the Ombudsman’s recommendations and ensure inspectors can do their job. Most importantly, this report reveals the need to build a true system of licensed, not-for-profit child care that can meet the needs of Ontario’s families so that no family is forced to turn to illegal daycare. New Democrats will hold this government accountable for their record and will continue to advocate for the necessary changes to protect the children of this province. 

“I want to thank the Ombudsman and his staff for their thorough investigation and recommendations.”