BC families could save up to $550 a month in childcare costs

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The BC government is taking a giant leap towards the goal of reaching $10 per day childcare as promised in the last two provincial elections.

BC Child Care Minister Katrina Chen, BC Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould announced child care funding to reduce the average cost for parents to about $21 a day.


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Right now, the province’s goal is to double the number of $10-a-day spots to more than 12,000 by December.

Despite work to expand the number of $10-a-day spots, they still only make up a fraction of the spots.

This is on top of existing fee reductions and is only in place at participating licensed childcare facilities.

“Child care is one of the biggest bills many families face each month,” Chen said.


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“Cutting childcare fees again, this time by as much as $550 a month more per child, is one way we’re doing something to put money back into people’s pockets at a time when rising global inflation is making life more expensive.”

The provincial government says the fee reductions will be in place for providers, adding that 96 per cent of eligible child care spaces are participating in cutting fees.

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Parents of all incomes with children in kindergarten and younger at participating childcare centers will see these savings on their bills in December without having to apply.

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The government estimates that the fee reductions will reach families of around 69,000 children.

This would include a total of 12,500 $10-a-day childcare spaces. These changes come on top of the already existing support for childcare.

The changes will reduce the average cost of child care from $53 per day at $21 per day.


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The funding comes through a five-year, $3.2 billion Canada-British Columbia Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

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“The Canada-British Columbia Canada-wide agreement on early learning and child care that we signed just over a year ago puts families first and will ensure that all children have access to high-quality, affordable, accessible child care,” Gould said.

“With hundreds of dollars in savings, this investment will provide much-needed support to reduce the cost of living for families with young children. Our government remains focused on making life more affordable for families and giving every child the best possible start in life.”

Based on figures from the province, a family with a 10-month-old and a three-year-old in group care could save as much as $11,940 more a year, on top of the $5,400 a year they already save.

A family with a two-year-old and a four-year-old receiving family care would see up to $10,080 more in savings each year, on top of the $3,120 a year they already save.

Back in 2021, the federal government pledged more than $3 billion to reduce the average cost of child care to $10 a day by 2026.

Right now, the province’s goal is to double the number of $10-a-day spots to more than 12,000 by December.

Despite work to expand the number of $10-a-day spots, they still only make up a fraction of the spots.

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