NDP MLA Murray Rankin says more $10 a Day child care spaces coming to Greater Victoria

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Greater Victoria – New Democrat MLA Murray Rankin says families in Greater Victoria will save money on child care as a local child care site becomes a $10 a Day ChildCareBC site where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.

“People in our community want to be able to start and grow their families knowing that childcare will be accessible and affordable,” said Murray Rankin, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. “By making these local childcare spaces affordable, we are enabling families to develop their careers while knowing their kids are cared for.”

University of Victoria Child Care Services in Greater Victoria is becoming a $10 a Day ChildCareBC site, which means 116 child care spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents.

Spaces in the $10 a Day ChildCareBC program reduce the average cost of child care from $1,000 a month at participating facilities (for full-time, centre-based infant care) to $200 a month, saving families approximately $800 a month per child on average. The newly approved $10-a-day spaces are being offered at 61 child care centres throughout B.C., bringing the total number of $10 a Day spaces in B.C. to nearly 11,000.

In addition to these spaces, the Province, with federal funding support, is helping approximately 69,000 families with the cost of child care at centres that are not part of the $10-a-day program through child care fee reductions of up to $550 more per month per child. These savings, which kicked in on Dec. 1, 2022, are in addition to the $350 per month per child that families have been saving through the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative since 2018.

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