The health and well-being of my family has always been a personal priority, and I know I share that view with every family in Oakville.
I started my not-for-profit, HealthyFam, to foster health by connecting kids to their food and each other. The demand for more programming led to more kids’ programs and soon morphed into programs for all age groups. This demand taught me that the focus on the health and well-being of all family members – child, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle and cousin, is vital to the health of our community.
In Oakville, parents are facing many challenges at every family stage, from limited spots in infant and toddler daycare and lack of teenage after-school recreation to the challenges of safety of their children as they grow and limited local employment opportunities when their child graduates. In addition, many parents have also become the caregiver for their own parents.
More Infant and Toddler Daycare
Infant and toddler daycare costs in the GTA are ranked among the highest in Canada, costing well over $1,000 per child per month. Many parents tell me how hard it is to find affordable options in their neighbourhoods.
The Town has many facilities where infant and daycare programs could be offered. As Mayor, I will work with Town staff and Council to identify locations in recreational buildings and other facilities where infant and toddler daycare could be housed during the day. We will invite licensed not-for-profits to propose and implement relevant quality programming.