When it meets again on August 11, Champlain Township Council will consider if its daycare facilities will be part of the new federal-provincial agreement on childcare. 

On March 28, 2022, the governments of Ontario and Canada reached an agreement designed to ensure more affordable childcare for families. Average fees for participating licensed childcare programs will be lowered through a phased approach. Fees will be reduced by an average of 25 per cent for children under the age of six, retroactive to April 1, 2022. By the end of December 2022, fees at participating licensed facilities will be further reduced, on average, by 50 per cent. By September 2025, fees at participating licensed childcare facilities will decrease to an average of $10 per day. 

According to Champlain Township Interim Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Tessier, township staff are analyzing the details of the new program and a report will be presented to council for consideration on August 11. Tessier said the township has until a September 1 deadline to choose to participate in the program. 

Champlain Township operates licensed daycare facilities at St. Jude Catholic School and École élémentaire catholique St-Grégoire in Vankleek Hill and at École élémentaire catholique St-Jean-Baptiste in L’Orignal.