The British Columbia 2024 budget, unveiled on February 22 2024, does not increase provincial investment to expand $10aDay child care, says the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC. Instead the province is relying on an increase of $250 million in federal child care transfers to sustain progress to date and support only minor growth.

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC released a joint statement to express their disappointment with the lack of provincial investment at this time, and to call for accelerated progress in expanding the $10aDay child care system. 

“We are surprised government is not increasing provincial investments to more quickly expand the success of $10aDay child care,” said Sharon Gregson, spokesperson for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC. “Especially as government has acknowledged that child care progress to date has resulted in significantly more women in the workforce.”

At a time of rapid population growth, advocates note that publicly planned expansion of the transformative $10aDay system is needed in communities across the province and Canada. 

The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC highlight that early childhood educators continue to wait for a fair provincial wage grid, which has been committed to by the provincial government. The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC have previously called for a wage grid of at least $30-$40 for early childhood educators

Read the joint media release by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC