Families in B.C. getting ahead as child care fees are reduced (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Theresa Chaboyer

Media Relations
Ministry of Education and Child Care
778 587-0412

Mohammad Hussain

Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould


Facts about funding for child care
  • Providers representing 96% of eligible licensed spaces are participating in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative program to help families save thousands of dollars per year.
  • The Government of Canada made a transformative investment to build a Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care system in partnership with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners.
    • This includes a historic federal investment of $3.2 billion for British Columbia between 2021 and 2026.
    • Through the Canada-wide action plan, British Columbia has committed to working with the Government of Canada toward a provincewide average of $10-a-day child care by March 2026 for children as old as five.
  • All types of licensed child care providers offering services to children five and younger are eligible to apply for the $10 a Day program, including non-profit, private, home-based, publicly run and Indigenous-led providers.
  • The cutoff date for $10 a Day program applications was Aug. 18, 2022, and applications will continue to be reviewed until the target number of spaces is met.
  • So far in 2022-23, approximately 28,500 children received support through the Province’s Affordable Child Care Benefit each month.
    • Parents making less than $45,000 can receive maximum funding.
    • Parents making as much as $111,000 can receive partial funding.