Province to add thousands more $10-a-day child care spaces

The province says all types of licensed child-care providers offering services to children five and younger were eligible to apply for the $10-a-day program, including non-profit, private, publicly run and Indigenous-led providers. (CBC News - image credit)
The province says all types of licensed child-care providers offering services to children five and younger were eligible to apply for the $10-a-day program, including non-profit, private, publicly run and Indigenous-led providers. (CBC News - image credit)

The province says more families in B.C. will save thousands of dollars per year as more than 1,370 more child-care spaces are added to the $10-a-day ChildCareBC program.

"We doubled the number of $10-a-day spaces earlier this year and will be nearly doubling yet again by the end of 2022, with 1,373 spaces added this month alone," said Katrina Chen, B.C.'s minister of state for child care.

The program reduces the average cost of full-time, centre-based infant care at participating facilities to $200 a month, saving families approximately $800 a month per child on average, according to the statement.

The province says more $10-a-day spaces will be created over the next few months.

By the end of the year, the program will expand from 6,500 spaces in April to approximately 12,500.

The federal government has promised to contribute $3.2 billion for child care in B.C. over five years.

The newly approved spaces are being offered at 18 child-care centres across B.C., bringing the total number to nearly 8,200, it said.

In addition, it said approximately 69,000 families will be able to take part in a program to reduce fees by up to $550 per child per month at centres that are not part of the $ 10-a-day program starting Dec. 1.