February 21st, 2018
The NDP’s first budget pledges $1 billion over the next three years to create an affordable child care system in B.C., although one without its major campaign promise of a $10-a-day rate.
Instead, it has promised a combination of two measures that will reduce child care costs for some families with kids in licensed facilities, and which will together help low-income earners the most.
According to the budget, approximately 27,000 families with annual incomes under $45,000 will eventually pay little or nothing for licensed child care.
“(The budget) makes an historical investment to take care of our children,” Finance Minister Carole James said Tuesday.