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Author Topic: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada  (Read 7036 times)

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I'm not sure if any one has heard, but a large multinational Australian daycare corporation, 123 Busy Beaver Learning Centres, is trying to bring it's daycare business to Canada. They've already approached many for-profit daycares in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia offering to buy them out. This could allow providers like 123 to charge anything the market would bear, for cookie-cutter, no-accountability daycare.

Do you think Canada should allow 123 Busy Beaver Learning Centres to run their business in Canada? Do you think this would have a lasting effect on small privately run daycare centres in terms of being able to comlete? Would they be able to provide good care for our kids?

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2008, 02:42:52 PM »
Hey great question. I m not so sure how many people are aware of the intrusion of this ABC Australian company.  I wonder how we can fight this?  This is but institutionalized daycare...not what I want for the children of our future. I would like to see more Canadian childcares expand, and I would like the government to give people like me $$ so I can expand daycare in my area...The government has no business giving it to the big business companies to open daycares, they are not interested in quality care, they are only interested in making money. 

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2008, 03:11:13 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC_Learning

"Critics of ABC Learning say it is making these considerable profits at the expense of Australian taxpayers whose money subsidises the use of childcare with means-tested tax rebates. ABC Learning received $128 million of its revenue from government subsidies in the last financial year.

There is also controversy about the dramatic expansion of the company with claims that in some areas ABC - by acquisition - has achieved a monopoly in the provision of childcare services. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reviewed the company's acquisition of Peppercorn and permitted the deal to go ahead after imposing certain conditions including a requirement to close centres in some areas and agreeing not to purchase in other areas.

ABC Learning is also using its considerable financial resources to support challenges to regulations governing childcare and enforcing vicarious liability on the company. In one case, in 2006 it challenged a $200 fine imposed by a Victorian Magistrate for the actions of its staff who failed to adequately supervise a two-year old child who escaped from a centre in suburban Melbourne and was found by a neighbour and brought back to the centre. It argued that the company had done all it could reasonably be expected to do to provide facilities that made escape difficult and that any legal liability should rest with the staff involved."


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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2008, 04:06:04 PM »
"The move by multinational child care providers to expand operations is sweeping into Canada like a tidal wave. The world’s biggest child care corporation appears to be embarking on a Canadian buying spree – a development that threatens the future of a public, non-profit child care system."
http://www.ccaac.ca/campaign/warehousecc.php




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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2008, 08:43:37 AM »
Bill 26, Day Nurseries Amendment Act (Not for Profit Corporations), 2007
Andrea Horwath

Current Status: First Reading Carried

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An Act to amend the Day Nurseries Act to limit the approval of corporations to not for profit corporations
Note: This Act amends the Day Nurseries Act. For the legislative history of the Act, see the Table of Consolidated Public Statutes - Detailed Legislative History on www.e-Laws.gov.on.ca.
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1. Subsection 1 (1) of the Day Nurseries Act is amended by adding the following definition:
"not for profit corporation" means a not for profit corporation without share capital incorporated under the laws of Ontario or Canada that operates in Ontario; (" personne morale à but non lucratif ")
2. (1) Subsection 6 (1) of the Act is amended by striking out "any corporation" and substituting "any not for profit corporation".
(2) Subsection 6 (2) of the Act is amended by striking out "a corporation" and substituting "a not for profit corporation".
(3) Section 6 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsection:
Transition
(3) Despite the amendment to subsections (1) and (2) by the Day Nurseries Amendment Act (Not for Profit Corporations) , 2007, those subsections, as they read immediately before their amendment, continue to apply to corporations approved under this section before January 1, 2008.
Commencement
3. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
Short title
4. The short title of this Act is the Day Nurseries Amendment Act (Not for Profit Corporations), 2007.

EXPLANATORY NOTE
The Bill amends the Day Nurseries Act so that on and after January 1, 2008 only not for profit corporations will be eligible for approval under the Act.

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008, 09:02:57 AM »
Day-care bill comes amid fears of big-box takeover
CTV.ca News Staff

Legislation from the NDP will attempt to block foreign-owned big-box day care from setting up in Canada, and will push for a nation-wide framework to regulate federal funding for the industry.

The private member's bill will be debated in the House of Commons today.

The opposition parties have united in support of Bill C-303, the Early Learning and Child Care Act, which sets out terms for "accessible, universal and high-quality early-learning and child-care programs and services." However, the Conservatives have vowed not to pass it into law.


The legislation would also regulate how federal funds are transferred to provinces or groups in support of child care, and protect private, for-profit day-care centres from foreign takeover, according to its supporters.

It comes as the debate over so-called big-box day care heats up amid attempts by a massive Australian child-care provider to bring its business model to Canada.

The company, ABC, has already approached small for-profit day-care centres in Ontario, Alberta and B.C., through its subsidiary 123 Busy Beaver Learning Centres, about buying out their operations, said NDP child-care critic Olivia Chow.

Chow told CTV's Canada AM that research in Australia has shown the $2.2-billion company charges higher user fees and provides lower quality of services.

"Our research shows that initially, the prices for the parents are low, and then after a while, once they have the domination of the certain area, then the fees goes up," Chow said.

She said the bill to be debated today would establish a national legislative framwork "for a universally-available, high-quality, affordable child care system across Canada."

Such a system, she said, would allow working families to continue to work, could help free single mothers from a cycle of poverty and address child poverty by ensuring they eat quality meals, something that could also stimulate learning.

"So it's time that Canada have a national child-care legislation so that we can embed and enshrine the legislation into the House of Commons as a law just like the Canada Health Act," Chow said.

Support for 123


Kathy Graham, of the Association of Daycare Operators of Ontario, said the debate over large-scale day-care operations is not black and white.

Even the term "big-box day care," she told Canada AM, has been used as a scare tactic.

"I think that's been a phrase that has been coined to scare families, to scare Canadians, when in fact 123 Busy Beavers, if we're going to dwell on them, are actually purchasing private entrepreneur centres that are, in general, 60-space day cares, 64-space day cares, 24-space day cares," she said.

"If we want to talk about Wal-Mart, this is by no means a comparison."

Bill C-303, she said, seems designed to "get rid of the private entrepreneur who has gone out and created programs," and could eventually mean less flexibility and accessibility for parents, especially in rural and remote areas where private day care has filled the gap," Graham said.

"We all need to be partners in this, and excluding parent options and decreasing accessibility is clearly not something that we should be wanting to do in this country," she added.

check out peoples comments: http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20071120/daycare_bigbox_071120?hub=TorontoHome

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2008, 09:07:48 AM »
http://www.parl.gc.ca/legisinfo/index.asp?Language=E&Chamber=N&StartList=A&EndList=Z&Session=14&Type=0&Scope=I&query=4756&List=stat

this is a run down on how the bill is doing...

C-303 An Act to establish criteria and conditions in respect of funding for early learning and child care programs in order to ensure the quality, accessibility, universality and accountability of those programs, and to appoint a council to advise the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development on matters relating to early learning and child care
Denise Savoie (Victoria)


Text of the Bill
Major Speeches in Parliament
Status of the Bill
Selected Recorded Votes
Coming into Force Information

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2008, 12:16:21 PM »
So, has it already passed? They had already purchased  daycares in BC and Alberta I believe.

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2008, 02:35:20 PM »
No, it has only finished its 3rd reading..seems to be aways to go yet, but conservatives do not want it (of course)...you can follow its progress by periodically checking that link i posted to see whats up.

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2008, 02:45:24 PM »
OK, thank you. This is an interesting case; if it passes, it will set the precedent.

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2008, 11:08:23 AM »
They had sent out letters across BC a few months ago.  We were warned about them here by our professional associations.

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2008, 04:46:58 PM »
Question is how many will sell. This company has very deep pockets. Will be interesting how this plays out.

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Re: A large Australian child-care provider is attempting to come to Canada
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2008, 12:50:21 PM »
Shares in ABC Learning Centres, the world's biggest listed childcare provider, run by Australian entrepreneur Eddy Groves, yesterday plummeted as much as 70 per cent after a drop in earnings surprised investors and ignited fears over its debt.

The bad news was exacerbated by the Brisbane company's admission that some directors had taken out margin loans to buy ABC shares and that they could be forced to sell.

Half-year net profit for the company fell far short of analysts' expectations of A$67.7m ($62.9m) to A$72.8m, and were down 42 per cent to A$37.1m

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0f0d12b2-e4d9-11dc-a495-0000779fd2ac.html

I wonder what that will do to their plans for expansion into Canada.

 

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