Ontario Invests in School-Based Child Care in Scarborough North

Province injects half a million into local school to create 49 new child care spaces 


January 26, 2022

SCARBOROUGH—The Ontario government is investing $.5 million to create 49 child care spaces at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School to help working families in Scarborough. This investment, announced by Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough North, is part of the Ford Government’s commitment to supporting affordable and accessible child care in communities across the province.

“I am so proud of our government taking decisive action to improve the quality of childcare for the children and families of Scarborough North,” said MPP Cho. “Prioritizing investments in the future of our children in an unprecedented way will greatly serve to protect our progress and create a stronger, more vibrant Scarborough North.”

Once complete, the project will provide 1 infant room, 1 toddler room, and 1 preschool room through the province’s Early Years Capital Program.

The expansion at St, Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School in the Toronto Catholic District School Board is part of a provincewide investment of more than $600 million to support school and child care spaces that were recently announced by Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. The overall investment will support 78 school and child care relate projects. As part of this investment, the province dedicated more than $95 million to create more than 3,000 new child care spaces through renovations and additions at 55 child care centres across Ontario. The investment will provide families with more options for their children.

Across Ontario, the province is supporting the creation of 40 infant rooms (400 new spaces), 59 toddler rooms (885 new spaces), 71 preschool rooms (1,704 new spaces), and seven family age group rooms (105 new spaces).

The announcement supports Ontario’s child care plan which focuses on making child care more affordable, providing more choice and availability for families, reducing red tape and administrative burden, improving quality, and effectively delivering high standards of care.

“After years of neglect under the previous government, we are stepping up to support families by investing in affordable and accessible child care that meets their needs,” said Minister Lecce. “These investments are key to our economic recovery and further evidence of how our government continues to lead the way when it comes to investing in child care.”

As part of this plan to make child care affordable, safe and accessible, Ontario has committed up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces over five years. To date, over 23,000 new spaces have been approved and builds upon Ontario’s existing and well-established child care infrastructure giving families more choices and flexibility.

In addition, to support parents with the cost of child care and help them re-enter the workforce, Ontario is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the 2021 child care expenses of over 300,000 families.

The Ontario government has allocated more than $600 million to support ventilation improvements in schools across Ontario as part of its plans for a safer return to school. The Toronto Catholic District School Board has benefited from an investment of $16.8 million for ventilation improvements and has over 7,000 HEPA filter units in place.

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School is located at 75 Alexmuir Blvd in Scarborough.


We are delighted to receive the approval of funding for new child care spaces at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School.  The additional child care spaces will offer invaluable programs that will support families in this caring community.  We are thrilled to welcome existing and new families to our school community in this capacity so that we can support the development of young children.  This is a true blessing for our school community.  These upgrades will serve our families and future students at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School well into the future.”

– Susan Scott, Principal, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School

Access to child care is fundamental to supporting the young families in our communities. We thank Minister Lecce, MPP Cho and the Government of Ontario for their c