On October 16, 2018, First Call sent a letter to Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen on behalf of the Early Childhood Development Roundtable. The roundtable has been discussing concerns arising from the experiences of families who have children with special needs about the fees they are being charged by some child care providers.
Some families are being charged higher fees for children who require extra support, along with other discrepancies. These experiences raise serious concerns about the rights of children with special needs.
“As a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Canada has committed to ensure non-discrimination for children with disabilities, including in education and access to services, as well as to special care.” – Adrienne Montani, Provincial Coordinator