In another election style announcement, the province has announced $11.3-million to create more daycare spaces across B.C.
Children and Families Minister Stephanie Cadieux says the money will add 1,818 spaces across the province.
Cadieux admits while daycare spaces is one part of the issue child care costs is another especially in Metro Vancouver.
“Different issues for different sectors, different issues for different people. But it certainly is a challenge for young families, for those years when they have young children, and it’s something that we as a society have a lot of interest in discussing further.”
37 of the new spaces are expected to open up at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
But Cadieux admits no immediate cost relief is coming.
Yesterday her ministry unveiled an app and interactive map to find daycare spaces but it omits cost.
Announcement missed the mark
“I’ve been an MLA for 10 years and people come into my constituency office all the time, desperate to find affordable childcare”
BC NDP Leader John Horgan reacting to today’s announcement from the provincial government.
BC is injecting 11.3 million dollars’ worth of funding into day care spaces.
But Horgan says the main issue is not being discussed.
“The announcement of modest amounts of new money, on top of money that was already committed, just doesn’t come near getting to the point that we have to, and that’s the affordability factor”