Peel uses this model to validate the reports of departments. This clause of the bill will further strengthen accountability. However, the timeframe of 60 days may be too ambitious, as programs in Peel report their successes to Peel, Peel reports to the Province of Ontario, and the province reports to the federal minister. Ninety days would be more achievable.
Clause 7 references withholding of payments when a province or territory does not satisfy a criterion or condition set out in clauses 5 or 6. Another option could be to work directly with municipalities or other entities in instances when the province or territory does not comply. Communities and families have been severely impacted when provinces did not use early learning and child care funding for its intended purpose.
In summary, Bill C-303 aligns well with the Region of Peel's social services position statement on early learning and child care in all clauses except clause 6, where consideration of the matter has not taken place. Peel's council has repeatedly asked for a national approach to early childhood development and well-being and is very encouraged by the progress of Bill C-303 to date. This legislation will support council's goal of providing high-quality, universally accessible early learning and child care services, from which everyone in Peel benefits.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.