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The Ford government should invest properly in child care

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So Toronto parents are No. 1 in the country. But it isn’t for anything that will bring them any pleasure. In fact, it’s cause for a lot of pain and expense.

That’s because, once again, it’s been confirmed that parents in Toronto pay the highest fees for child care in the country.

In a study released this past week the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reported the cost of infant care in this city, for example, tops $20,220 a year. That’s nearly 10 times more than median fees in Montreal.

Toronto’s child-care fees can, and often do, exceed mortgage payments for some families.

That’s an unacceptable and often untenable squeeze on family budgets, forcing some parents out of the workforce.

It doesn’t have to be this way — and it shouldn’t.

The Ford government could invest wisely in child care, as so many other provinces do.

It’s not only the right thing to do for families; it’s the right thing for businesses and the economy as........

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