Child care is getting less expensive and easier to find in Vancouver as the Province invests in 250 new, affordable child care spaces to give more parents the option to return to work, go back to school or pursue other opportunities.
“With spaces in short supply, too many parents in Vancouver have been left relying on friends or family for their child care needs,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “We know that space is at a premium, but we’re seeing innovative projects bringing child care to schools, campuses and neighbourhoods across the city, strengthening communities and making life easier for busy parents.”
The majority of these new spaces are expected to open in the next six months, with hundreds more to come thanks to a recent memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the City of Vancouver and the Province.
More than 3,000 new, affordable licensed child care spaces in Vancouver have been funded by the Province since the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund launched in July 2018. This includes more than 2,300 new spaces that are coming as part of a MOU signed by the Province and the City of Vancouver in July 2019. They are part of the fastest creation of child care spaces in B.C.’s history, with more than 10,400 funded in the past 15 months.
With the addition of 900 spaces funded through partnerships with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) and Aboriginal Head Start using federal funding, and 4,100 spaces created through the 2017 Budget Update, more than 15,400 spaces have been funded in B.C. This brings the total spaces funded in Vancouver in the past two years to more than 3,400.
Since launching in February 2018, the Childcare BC plan has helped parents in the region save more than $30 million through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. As a result of these investments, the living wage for parents in Vancouver has dropped to $19.50 per hour this year – the first major reduction in more than 10 years.
Investing in child care and early childhood education is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
George Chow, MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview —
“Vancouver is a thriving city, but we need to ensure families with children thrive here too. This is why we are bringing child care closer to locals and providing cost-saving initiatives. These spaces mean families can stay in this beautiful city and children have access to affordable, quality child care nearby.”
Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway —
“These new child care spaces in Vancouver will provide a place where children can learn and develop the skills that will set them up for success.”
David Eby, MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey —
“Creating the thousands of new child care spaces needed by parents across the province was always going to be a challenge, but thanks to partnerships with local governments, public organizations and other providers, we have funded over 10,400 new spaces. These are quality, affordable spaces that parents can rely on while they work to build better futures for their families.”
George Heyman, MLA for Vancouver-Fairview —
“These new child care spaces will bring much-needed relief to parents who have been unable to find quality, affordable care before. They will be able to return to work or school knowing their child is in a safe space, learning, growing and discovering the world. These spaces are creating opportunities for both parents and children to succeed.”
- The City of Vancouver is receiving $1 million through the UBCM Community Child Care Space Creation Program to add 74 new licensed spaces for local parents.
- The Province has made significant investments to improve supports for B.C.’s early care and learning professionals.
- To date, the Province has invested more than $13 million to provide more than 10,000 early childhood educators with a $1-per-hour wage enhancement, with another $1-per-hour lift to come in April 2020. This includes more than $1.6 million for early childhood educators in Vancouver.
For more about Childcare BC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare
To learn more about the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund and to apply, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare/newspacesfund
To find child care in a community, view the online child care map: http://maps.gov.bc.ca/ess/hm/ccf/
Child care factsheet: https://news.gov.bc.ca/18430
For more information on child care in Vancouver, visit the West Coast Child Care Resource and Referral centre: www.wstcoast.org/about/vancouver-ccrr