A comprehensive early learning and child care program, including provisions for special needs children and pay increases for child care workers (most of whom earn less than the living wage), should be a high priority for the province. Child care fees are the second-largest expense for most young families after housing. In the Fraser Valley living wage calculation, child care outpaces housing as the number-one expense. Providing this service publicly would remove a huge financial burden from thousands of low-income households.
Two pieces of good news from the $10aDay Campaign!
First, The #10aDay Campaign launched the 2016 edition of the $10aDay Plan! It’s still the Plan you know and support – updated to reflect the new federal context and the unstoppable enthusiasm for the Plan across BC. This 2016 edition is a great tool for extending our reach to more communities, more families and more decision-makers. Once people know there’s a real solution to BC’s childcare crisis they are eager to support the $10aDay Plan.
The second piece of good news is that the new federal government’s first budget committed $500 million in 2017/2018 to support early learning and child care for Canadian families. Importantly, the budget stated unequivocally that quality, affordable child care is more than a convenience – it’s a necessity. The new federal funds will support the establishment of a National Framework on Early Learning and Child Care with $100 million dedicated to on-reserve child care. Recognizing that every province has responded to family’s needs in different ways, the Framework will be a joint effort this year between the federal government, provinces, territories, and Indigenous peoples.
In BC we will need to ensure new federal funds are spent to create quality, affordable childcare… in other words…the $10aDay Plan.
Quebec’s child care system returns $1.05 to its government for every $1 invested – and Ottawa recovers 44 cents, even with no direct investment. These returns continue to grow. More broadly, every public dollar invested in quality child care returns at least $2.54 to our overall economy. Investing in child care has a bigger job multiplier effect than any other sector.
81% of parents who use child care say that the cost puts a financial strain on their family. Child care is the second-highest cost in the Metro Vancouver living wage calculation after housing. In the Fraser Valley living wage calculation, child care outpaces housing as the number-one expense. For many low-wage families, quality and affordable child care is just not something that they are able to afford. Many have no option but to leave the workforce or to use unregulated care.
- Resources (The Plan, Fact Sheets, and Links), $10aDay Campaign
- Resources (Reports, Briefs, Fact Sheets and more), Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
- Solving BC’s Affordability Crisis in Child Care: Financing the $10 a Day Plan, CCPA
- Establishing a Right to Childcare, West Coast LEAF
- Join the Call for Quality, Affordable Child Care, Living Wage for Families Campaign
- Vancouver Living Wage Improves, but Child Care Still a Huge Strain, The Tyee
- Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
- We Can Afford $10/day Child Care, Generation Squeeze
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