BURNABY – New Democrat MLAs Janet Routledge, Anne Kang, Raj Chouhan and Katrina Chen say families in Burnaby will save money on child care as local child care sites become $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites where fees are capped at a maximum of $200 a month per child.
“As we recover from the challenges brought by the pandemic, I want families to know that the government is working for them,” says Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North. “As many families enter the workforce, pursue their education, and re-connect within their communities, access to affordable childcare has never been so important.”
The following child care sites in Burnaby are becoming $10 a Day ChildCareBC sites, which means a total of 99 child care spaces will have fees dramatically reduced for parents:
Angel’s Playhouse Multi-age Childcare Centre (Kentwood)
Brentwood Nursery School
Deaf Children’s Society of B.C.
Morley Child Care Centre
“I’m grateful to announce that families in Burnaby will have access to $10 a day spaces at Morley Childcare,” says Anne Kang, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake. “As we work to build a stronger B.C., we’re continuing to invest in affordable child care so that families across the province are supported for whatever comes their way.”
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.
“Access to affordable childcare changes the lives of many families, including ones here in Burnaby,” says Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds. “By investing in childcare today, our government is strengthening communities for a better tomorrow.”
In addition to $10 a Day child care 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 child care 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
“I know there couldn’t be a better time for Burnaby families to hear that their child care centre is becoming a $10 a Day site,” said Katrina Chen, MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed. “We’ve heard that having access to $10 a Day child care is life-changing and I can’t wait for families in our community to feel the positive impact.”