Saskatchewan and Alberta both have one of these places, I believe it would be extremely beneficial to have one open in Ontario. Another proposal I will be following up with.
I think if it was run by people who are not involved with the CAS's, it would help keep children being taken from their families needlesly. It shouldn't be a crime to be poor, children shouldn't be taken from their homes because houses are messy (who has time to have a spotless house when you're busy playing with your kids??) or two parents don't live togather, not to mention any other weak excuse the agency gives for taking children. A crisis nursery also provides help to parents- financial, social, counselling, etc. If it becomes apparent that the child's mother or father don't want the child or are abusive, then the CAS be called by the nursery staff.
Everyone needs help sometime, everyone needs a break and unfortunately, instead of helping families, CAS's are ripping them apart.
Please see the following link for information on the Saskatoon crisis nursery. I have no idea why Ontario doesn't have one, but then as we recently found out from Andre Marin the ombudsman, Ontario is far, far behind the rest of Canada with regards to our child welfare system!