Education Minister Speaks Out on FDK

The provincial government is backtracking on its comments surrounding full day kindergarten.

Education Minister Lisa Thompson released a statement Friday saying ""We have been clear from the beginning that we are listening to parents and consulting with our education partners to modernize and improve Ontario's education system from kindergarten to Grade 12..."

On Wednesday, the premier said he wouldn't guarantee that the program that rolled out in 2014 would continue beyond the 2019/2020 school year. 

The PC government is trying to trim a deficit they peg at $14.5 billion — though the financial accountability officer says it's closer to $12 billion.

Statement by Education Minister on Full-Day Kindergarten

February 1, 2019 4:09 P.M.

Today, Education Minister, the Honourable Lisa Thompson, issued the following statement: 

"We have been clear from the beginning that we are listening to parents and consulting with our education partners to modernize and improve Ontario's education system from kindergarten to Grade 12.

There has been speculation around the issue of full-day kindergarten. Let me be clear, we are absolutely committed to full day learning for four- and five-year-olds across the province.

We value the experience and perspectives of our education partners and through the consultation we look forward to hearing their feedback."