Local MLAs welcome child care pilot project in Burnaby

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BURNABY – Burnaby-Edmonds MLA Raj Chouhan and Burnaby-Lougheed MLA Katrina Chen are welcoming an exciting initiative that will see child care fees eliminated or capped at $200 per month for 136 spaces in Burnaby.

The initiative is part of a B.C. government pilot project that will deliver $10-a-day (or less) child care to parents at 53 locations around the province, and is the next step towards a universal, affordable child care system.

“This is an exciting next step for affordable, universal child care in B.C.,” said Chouhan. “Child Care Prototype Sites will significantly reduce the cost of child care, and make life more affordable for families. This initiative will give us an opportunity to look at the future of child care in B.C.”

“Pilot sites build on the work we’ve already done to bring affordability relief to thousands of families through universal fee reductions and the Affordable Child Care Benefit,” added Chen.

Burnaby South Childcare, Fairhaven Children’s Centre, Bee Daycare and Ritchie Bros Auctioneers Child Care are some of 53 organizations across B.C. that will be participating in the pilot project. This funding is part of the B.C. government’s $60 million Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) agreement with the Government of Canada.

For more information about the ChildCare BC prototypes, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcareprototypesites

To learn more about the Affordable Child Care Benefit, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/affordablechildcarebenefit