NDP MLA Michele Babchuk says more $10 a Day childcare spaces coming to Campbell River

CAMPBELL RIVER – New Democrat MLA Michele Babchuk says families in Campbell River will save money on childcare as more local childcare sites become $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.

“Childcare is good for families, businesses, communities, and especially kids,” said MLA Babchuk. “I’m excited that we’re able to announce even more $10 a day spaces, helping families afford a good start for their children while giving parents the opportunity to rejoin the workforce and support our community and economy.”

Two Forest Circle Society for Families locations in Campbell River are becoming $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites, which means 60 childcare spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents. These are in addition to the 187 spaces announced in February at Christian Life Chidren’s Centre.

This increases the number of $10 a Day ChildCareBC spaces available for families across the province, from 2,500 when the program began in 2018, to more than 6,500. Through a partnership with the Government of Canada, the number of $10 a Day ChildCareBC spaces in the province will more than double again to 12,500 by December 2022.

In addition to $10 a Day childcare spaces, the BC New Democrat government is helping tens of thousands of families save as much as $1,600 a month on child care through the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and the Affordable Child Care Benefit.

By the end of this year, the average rate of childcare will be reduced by 50% from 2019 levels for children five and younger.

For more information on the $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites and spaces: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare10aDaysites