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Canada - British Columbia
NEWS RELEASE COMMUNIQUÉ
For Immediate Release
2024ECC0022-000441
March 28, 2024
Ministry of Education and Child Care
Employment and Social Development Canada
More B.C. families benefit from $10-a-day child care

CLOVERDALE – More families in British Columbia will save thousands of dollars every year as more than 930 child care spaces move into the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program in March and April.

This brings the total number of $10-a-day spaces in B.C. to more than 15,000.

“Affordable, $10-a-day child care that’ll help families save thousands of dollars, help parents balance work with family and help kids get the best start to life. That’s what today’s announcement with B.C. is all about,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Together, we’re making sure families across the province get the quality child care they need without worrying about the cost.”

These spaces will help reduce costs for families and further develop access to high-quality, affordable child care as a core service. Spaces in the program reduce the average cost of child care from $1,120 a month for full-time, centre-based care to $200 a month for the same service, saving families an average of approximately $920 a month per child.

“The families of over 15,000 children throughout B.C. have more money in their pockets as their child care bills are cut by more than $10,000 on average per child, per year,” said Mitzi Dean, B.C.’s Minister of State for Child Care. “In addition to the $10-a-day program, we have increased the fee reductions, are eliminating waitlist fees and continue to offer additional support for families who need it most, all of which are important ways we are making life more affordable.”

With these newly converted spaces offered at 27 additional child care centres throughout the province, B.C. has more than 15,300 spaces, surpassing its goal of 15,000 spaces and on track to achieve the next goal of 20,000 spaces by spring 2026.

“The $10-a-day savings have allowed us to plan for the future with less stress knowing that our child care fees will not be increasing like all the other costs of living,” said Sarah Mara, mother of one in child care. “It also takes the pressure of providing child care off our aging parents so that they can focus on their well-being. We thank Alex House and the $10-a-day program, and we only hope that it expands further to help more young families.”

The expansion of the program represents further progress in partnership with the federal government under the Canada-British Columbia Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement to support the goal of ensuring families can access high-quality, affordable and inclusive early learning and child care.

Additionally, through B.C.’s child care affordability programs, both levels of government have brought the average daily cost of child care, for children aged five and under, down to $19 from $54, the average daily cost before reductions.

“Alex House Children’s Centre at Don Christian is privileged to be a part of the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program,” said Rhea Hubbard, director, Alex House. “As a result of the participating, we have stable enrolment, which contributes to our ability to recruit and retain early childhood educators, which ensures we are able to deliver a high-quality program. Most importantly, families are less stressed because they have access to full-time affordable quality care for their children.”

For this intake, government prioritized new $10 a Day ChildCareBC centres in communities that do not yet have any or have a low number compared to the region's population density. This is helping to ensure families in more regions throughout the province are able to access the program.

To support the creation of more child care spaces and help more B.C. families access child care, the federal government has committed an additional $47 million over three years through the Child Care Infrastructure Fund. This new funding will support non-profit, public and/or Indigenous-led organizations to build or maintain child care facilities, particularly in under-served communities, and is in addition to the existing ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund.

Since 2018, the Province has invested $4.3 billion in the 10-year ChildCareBC plan to build a future where affordable, inclusive and quality child care is a core service that families can rely on.

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Mike Starchuck, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale –

“The $10-a-day program is putting $10,000, on average, per year back into the pockets of hard-working families in Surrey and throughout B.C. That money then contributes to our thriving economy and supports the vibrant communities we call home.”

Quick Facts:

  • Provincial and federal investments are helping the families of more than 80,000 children, five years and under, with the cost of child care through child care fee reductions of up to $900 per child per month.
  • Provincial investments are supporting the families of nearly 48,000 school-aged children through additional fee reductions of as much as $145 per child, per month.
  • An average of 35,000 children per month receive support through the Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB), an income-tested provincial program providing as much as $1,250 per month, per child, to help an average of eligible low- and middle-income families with their child care costs.
  • The Province has funded the creation of more than 34,000 new licensed child care spaces, with more than 16,000 of these spaces open and providing care for children.
  • Effective Monday, April 1, 2024, families can no longer be charged a fee to put their name on a waitlist at licensed child care centres.

Learn More:

For more information about affordable child care options through ChildCareBC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare

To apply for the ACCB, visit: http://www.gov.bc.ca/affordablechildcarebenefit

For more information about Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care, visit: https://canada.ca/child-care

A backgrounder follows.

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Education and Child Care
Media Relations
esme.mills@gov.bc.ca
250 896-4891
 

 
Canada - British Columbia
BACKGROUNDER
For Immediate Release
2024ECC0022-000441
March 28, 2024
Ministry of Education and Child Care
Employment and Social Development Canada
Even more $10 a Day ChildCareBC spaces throughout B.C. communities

The 27 additional child care centres now providing $10 a Day ChildCareBC spaces in B.C.:

Abbotsford –

Archway Community Services  
Eagle's Nest Early Learning Centre; 90 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 42 2.5 to kindergarten, 36 school-age)

Ashcroft –

Yellowhead Community Services Society
Stepping Stones Daycare; eight multi-age spaces

Burrnaby –

Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion
Variety Cariboo Children’s Centre; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years to kindergarten)

Chilliwack –

Amelia Badoy Baldado
Growing Naturally In-Home-Multi-Age Child Care; seven in-home multi-age spaces

Fraser River CEC – Centre of Early Childhood Development & Family Services Inc.
Fraser River CEC Child Care Centre; 46 spaces (eight infant-toddler, 14 2.5 years to kindergarten, 24 school-age)

Comox – 

Comox Valley Children’s Day Care Society
Aspen Grove Children’s Centre; 28 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 16 2.5 years to kindergarten)

Fort Nelson –

Northern Rockies Child Development Association
Northern Rockies Clubhouse; 51 spaces (34 2.5 years to kindergarten, 17 school-age)

Gibsons –

YMCA BC  
Gibsons YMCA Childcare; 16 2.5 years to kindergarten spaces

Grand Forks –

Sunshine Valley Child Care Society
Little People's Centre Daycare; 36 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 24 2.5 years to kindergarten)

Kelowna –

Okanagan Boys and Girls Club

  • Anne McClymont Club; 56 spaces (12 infant-toddlers, 16 2.5 years to kindergarten, 28 school-age)
  • North Glenmore Little Gaters; 63 spaces (12 school-age, 51 preschool)

Kimberley –

Summit Community Services Society 
First Steps Daycare; 12 infant-toddler spaces

Maple Ridge –

YMCA BC 
Albion YMCA Child Care; 24 2.5 years to kindergarten spaces

Nelson –

Kootenay Kids Society
Silver King Childcare Centre; 24 spaces (16 infant-toddler, eight multi-age)

Oliver –

OneSky Community Resources Society 
Tuc El Nuit; 78 spaces (32 2.5 years to kindergarten, 30 school-age, 16 preschool)

Port Coquitlam –

Hami's Playhouse Infant and Toddler Inc. 
Hami's Playhouse Infant and Toddler; eight infant-toddler spaces

Richmond –

Steveston Society of Children's Centres  
Alderwood House North River; 18 2.5 years to kindergarten spaces

YMCA BC

  • Sprouts YMCA Child Care Centre; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years to kindergarten)
  • Tomsett YMCA Child Care; 25 2.5 years to kindergarten spaces

Sechelt –

YMCA BC  
Sechelt YMCA Child Care Centre; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years to kindergarten)

Vancouver –

The Britannia Community Services Centre Society  
Mount Pleasant Child Care Centre; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years to kindergarten)

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia
Salmonberry Child Care Centre; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years to kindergarten)

YMCA BC

  • Nelson Park YMCA Preschool; 20 preschool spaces
  • Portside YMCA Child Care Centre; 37 spaces (12 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years to kindergarten)
  • Wesbrook YMCA Child Care; 49 spaces (24 infant-toddler, 25 2.5 years to kindergarten)

YWCA Metro Vancouver –

Citygate Early Learning and Care Centre; 25 2.5 years to kindergarten spaces

Victoria –

YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island  
Downtown Y Child Care Centre; 25 2.5 years to kindergarten spaces

 
Contact:
 
Ministry of Education and Child Care
Media Relations
esme.mills@gov.bc.ca
250 896-4891
 

 
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