B.C. expands $10 child care program, goal is to hit 12,500 spaces by February
British Columbia said more than 1,375 child care spaces in the province are moving to the $10 a a Day ChildCareBC program this month.
These spaces will help reduce costs for families in British Columbia and further develop high-quality, affordable, accessible child care as a core service in B.C., it said.
“Affordable child care can be life-changing, and with these new $10-a-day spaces, we continue our work to make life more affordable for families with more spaces converted in the next few weeks,” said Grace Lore, B.C.’s Minister of State for Child Care. “The recent child care savings and the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program are some of the ways we are making child care more affordable and allowing parents – especially mothers – to pursue opportunities and achieve financial independence and security, which benefits families, our communities and the economy as a whole.”
Average savings: $800 a month per child
Spaces in the $10-a-day program reduce the average cost of child care from $1,000 a month for full-time, centre-based infant care to $200 a month for the same service, saving families an average of $800 a month per child.
“Our governments are making access to affordable, high-quality, flexible and inclusive child care a reality,” said Karina Gould, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “Through our transformative investments, we remain focused on making life more affordable for families and giving every child the best possible start in life.”
More spaces will be added during the coming weeks to meet the goal of 12,500 spaces by February 2023.
“I’m very excited for Discovery Daycare to start the $10-a-day program,” said Christy Colussi, parent at Discovery Childcare Centre in Prince Rupert. “As a parent, I have two children attending Discovery, so it saves us almost $1,000 per month. This will allow us to add to the children’s Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) accounts, as well as help us travel to see our extended family in Ontario.”
The newly approved $10-a-day spaces are being offered at 35 child care centres throughout B.C., bringing the total $10 a Day spaces in B.C. to almost 12,000.
“I am so excited to have our day care accepted to be a $10-a-day centre,” said Lisa Pretulac, manager, Discovery Childcare Centre in Prince Rupert. “This has been a dream over much of my 30-year career that most of us thought would never happen. I’m proud to provide this for our families and see it as such a positive step toward a quality, sustainable system of child care for both families and child care professionals.”
In addition to these spaces, the Province, with federal funding support, is helping approximately 69,000 families with the cost of child care at centres that are not part of the $10-a-day program through child care fee reductions of as much as $900 per month per child. Fee reductions were introduced in 2018 through the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and were further enhanced on Dec. 1, 2022.
All types of licensed child care providers offering services to children five and younger were eligible to apply for the $10-a-day program, including non-profit, private, publicly run and Indigenous-led providers. Additional consideration is given to providers in communities that do not currently have a $10-a-day site and is based on population density.
Since 2018, the Province has invested $2.7 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, it said.
- Families making less than $45,000 receive the maximum Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB) and pay nothing out of pocket for child care.
- Families making as much as $111,000 may be eligible to receive additional child care support through the ACCB.
- The cut-off date for $10-a-day program applications was Aug. 18, 2022, and more applications will be reviewed until the target of 12,500 spaces is met.
- An average of 28,500 children received support through the ACCB each month in 2021-22.
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