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The social and economic returns on high quality, affordable child care for all who choose it have been well established in BC, Canada and internationally. The lessons learned during the pandemic make the need for action more urgent.
While the BC government has achieved measurable progress on child care since 2018, parent fees are still too high, ECE wages are too low, and there are only enough licensed spaces for 20% of young children.
Accelerating public investment in the $10aDay Child Care Plan is essential if BC is to forge a just economic recovery.
To achieve the BC government's 2020 election commitments, Budget 2021 must include significant additional operating funding and a new capital budget for child care, along with a plan to bring $10aDay child care to more families, implement a competitive provincial ECE wage grid and build new publicly-owned facilities.
Even before the pandemic, BC needed to increase child care operating funding by at last $200 million annually in order to achieve universal child care by 2028, as committed.