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Ontario parents of young children to get child care rebates

A masked Doug Ford bends over to talk with a young girl in day care.
Doug Ford
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is calling the deal good for Ontario and Ontarians.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have officially announced a deal that will see parents of children aged five and under in child care start getting rebates in May.

Ontario is the last jurisdiction to sign onto Ottawa's plan to bring child-care fees down to an average of $10 a day by the end of 2026.

The $10.2-billion deal includes rebates, retroactive to April 1, as part of a fee reduction of up to 25%. Parents will see a further cost reduction in December.

It will cut child-care fees for parents by about $6,000 per child by the end of this year.

Ford is calling it a great deal for Ontario parents and the right deal for Ontarians.

“From day one, I said our government wouldn’t sign a deal that didn’t work for Ontario parents and I’m so proud of the work we’ve done with our federal partners to land an agreement that will lower costs for families across the province,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Given how complex Ontario’s child care system is, we wanted to get this right. Today, we’re delivering a deal that will keep money in the pockets of hard-working parents.”

WBFO's Marian Hetherly contributed to this story.

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