Childcare funding cuts cause concern

Toronto's mayor is urging the Ford government to reverse cuts to child-care funding which he says will hurt families and costs jobs.

John Tory has sent a letter to the 11 P-C MPPs who represent Toronto ridings asking them to pressure the government to stop the cuts.

Child care centres learned in April the government would be scrapping a fund that helped operators cover increasing labour costs.

Here in Niagara, the director of children's services for the Region says this area stands to lose about $2.5 million in provincial funding this year.

Darlene Edgar tells the Standard they are still trying to determine the impact of those cuts on local childcare programs.

She says there are currently 11,000 subsidized childcare spots available and most are used.