VANCOUVER (October 9, 2020) – The BC Liberals will implement a $1 billion plan to bring $10-a-day child care to low-income families and affordable child care for families who need it most.
Unlike the fake promise of $10-a-day child care by John Horgan and the NDP three years ago, the BC Liberals are presenting a real plan that B.C. parents can count on.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit low-income families harder than most, which is why $10-a-day child care now, not later — on top of eliminating the PST for one year — will mean huge savings for those who need it most,” said BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson. “John Horgan’s fake promise to parents was never going to happen. Under our billion dollar BC Liberal investment, we will provide $10 a day child care spaces for low-income families and affordable child care for families who need it most.”
Under the BC Liberal plan, families with annual household incomes of up to $65,000 will have access to $10-a-day child care and there will be stepped rates for families with incomes up to $125,000.
Only 2 per cent of child care spaces in B.C. are currently offered at the $10-a-day rate after John Horgan himself admitted it was simply “a slogan” after the 2017 election campaign.
“Parents and kids who need child care now will have already graduated high school by the time the NDP’s promised plan actually kicks in,” added Wilkinson. “Unlike John Horgan and the NDP, who are bribing parents with fake promises, our fully-costed plan will make sure those who need affordable child care actually get it.”
A similarly subsidized child care program in Quebec saw government revenues from income taxes of parents back in the workforce, mostly women, covered more than 100 percent of the program’s cost. The BC Liberals also noted their plan to create thousands of new child care spaces will be announced in the coming days.