Childcare may still be unaffordable to many, but for those who can pay the thousand dollar-plus costs, a new online interactive map has been launched by the government to find the one nearest you.
That map showing the location, programs, operating hours and the number of spaces available.
However it’s what the map doesn’t show that raised questions at its launch today.
Such as any of the rates the daycare’s charge, some would argue one of the things parents and guardians need to decide whether they can afford it.
But Minister for Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux is not ruling out including it in future.
“This is the first iteration of the childcare map for British Columbia, and as we go forward and as we receive feedback on what works for parents, what doesn’t work for parents, what they would like to see added, perhaps providers will have input as we go forward about what they would or would not like to add.”
Cadieux also again rejecting calls for 10 to 15 dollar a day childcare costs for parents, saying the government doesn’t have 2 billion dollars to bring it in.
“While we understand the demand and certainly the challenge for parents that finding affordable accessible daycare presents, what we are doing is ensuring that we are investing as much as we can in the creation of new spaces right across the province.”
Cadieux says the province already spends over 327 million dollars a year on childcare.
Testing the system with Mulalo, the parent of an under 36mo. Seems simple enough. Wondering what other applications? pic.twitter.com/5bc8ZeaWN3
— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) May 31, 2016