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BC United releases ‘United to Fix Child Care’ plan to address the NDP child care crisis

VICTORIA (June 6, 2024) – Today, BC United unveiled United to Fix Child Care, a crucial element in Kevin Falcon’s ambitious plan to address the NDP’s child care crisis.

“Under David Eby and the NDP’s watch, B.C. families continue to struggle with excessive child care costs and a critical shortage of available spaces, leaving 90% of families without access to $10-a-day childcare,” said Kevin Falcon, Leader of BC United. “Our children and families deserve better. It’s straightforward — child care should be affordable and accessible. Our policy, United to Fix Child Care, presents concrete, bold steps we will take to transform child care in British Columbia and provide real support to families and child care providers.”

Under Kevin Falcon, a BC United government will:

  • Cash directly to families and $10-a-day child care guaranteed: Due to the NDP’s government-run model, only 10 percent of families are receiving $10-a-day child care — while 90 percent continue to pay burdensome costs. To address this, BC United will provide direct financial subsidies to parents, ensuring that child care costs are capped at $10-a-day for all lower and middle-class families. Additionally, we will provide tax credits for families where care is provided by parents, grandparents or other relatives. A central, no-fee registry will streamline the process for parents to find and secure child care spaces, eliminating the hassle and expense of multiple waitlists.
  • More child care spaces for everyone, everywhere: BC United will significantly expand the availability and flexibility of child care spaces across British Columbia by integrating child care centres into new public facilities like schools and hospitals. We’ll cancel the NDP government-only approach, expand options through public-private partnerships, and incentivize private-sector employers.
  • Better pay for workers and reduced red tape: Recognizing the essential role of Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and child care providers, BC United will immediately implement a fair wage grid for child care workers to reflect their qualifications and the critical service they provide. Our plan will also significantly reduce bureaucratic hurdles, streamline administrative processes, and ensure equitable and timely interactions with child care providers.

 

“Unlike the NDP, our plan is about real, impactful measures — not just empty promises. By vastly increasing the availability of child care spaces, ensuring affordable child care, and supporting our dedicated workers and providers, BC United will make high-quality child care a reality for all families, including those with special needs,” added Falcon. “Together, we can and will rebuild the child care system by collaborating with non-profit, public, and private sectors, delivering the support and accessibility families desperately need.”

According to Statistics Canada, the number of B.C. children in child care has decreased by over 10,000 since 2019. A document obtained by the Official Opposition under Freedom of Information (FOI) reveals the NDP government’s blatant attempt to drive private child care providers out of business, showing a clear ideological bias against the private sector’s involvement in child care. These revelations underscore the pressing need for BC United’s policy reforms that put children and families first.

 

For more information: Backgrounder

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