The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee today received an update on child care, EarlyON Child and Family Centres and provincial funding for Indigenous-led services.
Since September 2017, the City has provided nearly 950 additional children with a fee subsidy and found them a child care space. All children who are currently eligible for a subsidy have been approved and added to their preferred provider’s placement list.
The Committee approved a funding framework for the new system of EarlyON Centres. It would align services with the needs of families and allocate funding proportionally across the city, with a focus on vulnerable families and Francophone and Indigenous services. The City anticipates selecting service providers for the new system by the end of 2018.
The Province committed $9.6 million over the next two years to better serve Indigenous families in Ottawa. This funding will create 49 child care spaces and four child and family programs that are culturally relevant, serving 2,270 people.
The Committee approved creating eight full-time equivalent positions, which would be fully funded by the Province. These positions would help the City meet its responsibilities as the Consolidated Municipal System Manager to manage child care and EarlyON Centre services.
The number of fires and fire-related incidents decreased from 2016 to 2017, according to the Ottawa Fire Services annual report. The service also met its response time standards in most areas for incidents of all risk levels.
The Committee also approved three commemorative naming proposals. Orléans and Rideau-Rockcliffe could soon be home to Roger Montpetit Park and Helen Redpath Thomson Park, respectively. An ice rink in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex could seen be called the Katie Xu and Jack Fan Rink, to commemorate two Special Olympics medalists who have been ambassadors for the special needs community.
Items approved at today’s Community and Protective Services Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, April 25.