KPMG Recommends Region Close 5 Child Care Centres

A report prepared for Regional Council by KPMG is recommending that the municipality close five unionized, high-quality child care centres that it manages, and use the same money to create more child care spaces, presumably by paying people less and offering lower-quality care. The report also recommends discontinuing the delivery of Employment Ontario services through the Region, sharing IT services with other area municipalities, and more.

CUPE 1883, the union representing the affected childcare and employment workers, is distributing a petition urging Councillors to reject the recommendations. They are asking residents to complete the petitions and return them by next Monday, September 28th.

This past week in the Ontario legislature, Kitchener-Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife asked Premier Wynne why she has been standing by while municipalities have closed publicly-run childcare centres and replaced them with private ones:

Regional Council will hold a public meeting on the KPMG recommendations on Wednesday, September 30, at 7pm at the Regional Council chambers at 150 Frederick St, Kitchener. Please plan to attend! Raise your own voice by registering as a delegation to speak, or just be there to show your support for people who speak up for quality public services.

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