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Question 428-14(6): Subsidy Payments To Daycare Operators
Item 6: Oral Questions

October 10th, 2003

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Sandy Lee Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My question is to the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment and it's further to my Member's statement earlier today. I know that the Minister is familiar with this issue. May I ask the Minister as to whether he would consider reviewing the procedures of his staff to see if the payments, for example, for this subsidy program could be paid to the operators in a speedy manner? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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Item 6: Oral Questions

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Ms. Lee. The honourable Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Ootes.

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Well, interestingly enough, I compliment the Member for pursuing this issue because she raised the issue in June and it gave us an opportunity to follow up on what we had put into plans already to introduce in September, Mr. Speaker. First of all, I'd like to say that over the past two or three years we've substantially increased our support for daycare funding. The issues that remained on the table, Mr. Speaker, were the administrative processes. They were cumbersome and difficult for individuals applying. So we did make some changes, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the question that was asked was regarding payment after the fact. Today, Mr. Speaker, we pay in advance and both individuals and organizations can apply to be paid four months in advance, Mr. Speaker. That's really good governing. Thank you.

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Ootes. Supplementary, Ms. Lee.

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Sandy Lee Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I assure you, there was no script prepared on this one. I didn't talk to him before, but I am glad to hear the Minister's answer. Mr. Speaker, may I get the Minister to comment then also on giving notice for those recipients of this subsidy who might be cut off to the operators in advance so that they are not left with a spot that was reserved for a child, but for whatever reason the department uses to cut off the subsidy, then the operators are left with a vacant position that they can't fill for another month or so? Could the Minister indicate as to whether that aspect of this program has been fixed? Thank you.

Supplementary To Question 428-14(6): Subsidy Payments To Daycare Operators
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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Ms. Lee. The honourable Minister of ECE, Mr. Ootes.

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Mr. Speaker, I'm not sure of the process that's followed now. It's my understanding that the organizations notify the department that there are delinquent individuals attending and when that transpires, based on attendance, Mr. Speaker, then the payments are withheld. However, I can look into this further and provide further detail to the Member and if there are complications for that we can look to see if we can streamline that even further, Mr. Speaker. Thank you.

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Ootes. Supplementary, Ms. Lee.

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Sandy Lee Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. In the interest of a thorough and detailed answer to my constituent who has raised this issue, may I just ask the Minister to provide me with written information explaining what he has done to improve this daycare program and the procedural problems that I have indicated? Thank you.

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Ms. Lee. The honourable Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Mr. Ootes.

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Jake Ootes Yellowknife Centre

Yes, I will, Mr. Speaker. I'll put that all in writing and provide some excellent detail that I feel would be helpful for the Member. There was reference earlier to the $28 a day child subsidy. Mr. Speaker, we do pay $32 a day, but that's to a licensed daycare facility. A day home receives $28 a day and the reasons for the difference, Mr. Speaker, just to put it on the record, are that you know a licensed daycare centre has greater fixed overhead costs, they have staff, they have facility costs, maintenance and so forth, taxation on their property that they need to pay, safety measures and they have to comply very diligently to the legislation, Mr. Speaker, all of which adds a tremendous amount of cost. Thank you.

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The Speaker Tony Whitford

Thank you, Mr. Ootes. Your final supplementary, Ms. Lee.

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Sandy Lee Range Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thought that I had given my last supplementary, but with that answer I have to challenge the Minister's notion about...

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An Hon. Member

Excellent detail?

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Sandy Lee Range Lake

Yes, a daycare home having less cost to operate and I could tell you, I just want to reiterate that when this daycare home only has spaces for six children and they have one or two that are on subsidy and they get cut off and get no notice, that has a huge impact. Could I get the Minister to re-examine his facts and decrease the inequality between the centres and homes? Thank you.