Some provinces are using additional federal funding to decrease child-care costs whereas others are using money to increase subsidies for low-income families. Impacts of the latter were not captured by the survey.
Sharon Gregson from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C.supports some of the province’s pilot initiatives.
“We need to see the provincial government in BC continue to implement the 10 dollar a day plan. That is the template for how to build a childcare system in BC.” – Sharon Gregson, Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C.
The average cost of child-care in several BC municipalities is well over $1000 per month as depicted by the adjacent graph.
However Gregson also feels more strategies need to be implemented going forward.
“We need to see more investment in affordability for families, and the creation of many more licensed spaces. And the new licensed spaces that have to be created have to have non-traditional working hours of families and support indigenous led childcare for indigenous children.” Sharon Gregson, Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C.
This is the 5th straight year the cross country survey has been conducted.