Federal-provincial agreement on $10-a-day child care cheered by advocates
The federal government has reached a deal with the province to implement $10-a-day child care in B.C. within five years and to cut daycare fees in half by the end of next year.
Calling it part of a “feminist recovery,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement at a news conference in Coquitlam on Thursday alongside federal Families Minister Ahmed Hussen.
Trudeau said the two governments reached the agreement for more-affordable child care in B.C., making it easier for women to stay in the workforce and help families out of poverty.
As part of the agreement, he said the federal government will work with B.C. to achieve $10-a-day regulated child care for all children under six within five years.
Trudeau said in the Lower Mainland child care can cost up to $60 a day, which is $300 a week for one child. He said Canada can do better to make early learning more affordable.
“Hard-working families deserve better and our economy deserves better as well,” he said. “This is exactly what a feminist recovery looks like.”
Premier John Horgan, Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam MP Ron McKinnon, and Carla Qualtrough, minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion, as well as other dignitaries were also in attendance on Thursday.
“Child care is not a luxury for families, it is a necessity,” said Hussen. “We need a Canada-wide early learning system, and we need it now.”
Horgan said there was a plan to bring in $10-a-day child care in 2017, but the province couldn’t make it happen without the full participation of the federal government.