Parents, caregivers and supporters of a $10-a-Day Child Care plan are calling for the province to commit to an affordable system for families.
Up to 150 advocates created a Stroller Brigade to get that message across, starting at the Shopping Plaza in South Vancouver, and headed to the office of local MLA Suzanne Anton to try to convince her to jump on board.
Spokesperson Sharon Gregson says there are not enough quality licensed spaces in B.C. and that the province needs to add a proper system.
“The spaces that we do have are far too expensive for most working families to afford and the mostly women working in child care earn poverty wages.”
Gregson says with the provincial election around the corner, the group is calling for other political parties to move forward with the $10-a-Day Child Care Plan.
“And we’re glad to see the BC NDP has stepped up to say they will implement the plan if they are elected on May 9th and now we’re pushing the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. Greens to make a similar commitment.”
Parent Tamara Herman says she herself experienced first hand the struggle to find proper child care.
She says when she was pregnant, she was advised to start looking for child care right away
“I can’t tell you how many lunch hours I’ve spent going through Craigslist, going through Facebook and on the phone with people trying to find something that fits with our family that is somewhat convenient and remotely affordable and it’s absolutely impossible.”
Herman says she couldn’t find a child care centre, and that her family was lucky to hire a nanny.
In the Federal budget, seven billion dollars was pegged by the Liberals for childcare, but no details yet of how that money will be used.
CKNW has reached out to Anton for comment.