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  • March 15, 2018

Ontario Expanding Early Years Programming for Indigenous Children in the Hamilton Region

Province Investing in Culturally Relevant Programs for Local Indigenous Families





March 15, 2018

Ontario is expanding culturally our relevant Child and Family Program/ Licensed Child Care Centre in the Hamilton Area.


Ted McMeekin MPP for Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale announced today that the province is investing over $2.9 Million over 2 years for 300 child and family/licenced child care Centre spaces.


As part of The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Ontario is enhancing existing and supporting new child care and child and family programs in 58  projects led by Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous organizations in urban and rural areas. This includes culturally relevant programming, advice, personal connections, resources and play- and inquiry-based learning for Indigenous children and families.


Creating more opportunity for Indigenous learners and their families is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners and create a better future for everyone in the province.



“This investment honours the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and will support  Indigenous led, early years programs and services for children and families in Hamilton.  Indigenous families will have a culturally safe place to gather where their cultural beliefs and traditions can be practiced and honoured, and Indigenous languages can be learned and spoken.  Our children and families will have a sense of belonging and community connectedness that is important for Indigenous identity formation.” -Monique Lavallee Executive Director, Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg


“We are thrilled about these new child care spaces in our local community. We know how critical the early years are for a child’s future, and their long-term development. These provincial investments will support local programs that are culturally relevant for Indigenous children and their families.”

-Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale


"This investment represents a significant and ongoing commitment in supporting parents and families.  Relevant early education has the greatest potential impact on childhood development, learning, and lifelong health and prosperity for children and their parents. Increasing culturally relevant programing means we can continue to develop and offer solutions locally to address the needs of our community.” - Mayor Fred Eisenberger


“We want all children and families to have better access to a range of high quality, inclusive and affordable early years and child care programs. That’s why Ontario is investing $70 million to expand culturally relevant child care and child and family programs delivered by Indigenous organizations in rural and urban areas across Ontario.”

—Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care


“Creating culturally relevant child care and learning spaces that celebrate the rich history, cultures and languages of Indigenous people, positively impacts students’ self-identity and has been proven to lead to better academic outcomes. Expanding child and family programs and licensed child care services is critical. Improving learning opportunities for Indigenous students is part of our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”

— David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation



▪      Ontario is supporting Indigenous children and their families by investing up to $70 million over two years in child care and child and family programs developed in partnership with municipal service managers and Indigenous organizations.

▪      In 2018, Ontario is investing $784 million in 79 new and renovated schools across the province. This investment will also create a total of more than 2,700 new licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4.

▪      Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over the next five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities.

▪      Research shows that there are positive relationships between quality early learning, child development outcomes, and a parent’s ability to work.



 The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

EarlyON – Ontario’s Child and Family Centres

Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework and Expansion Plan

Community Hubs in Ontario



For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin 905-690-6552




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