BCGEU supports federal NDP plan for affordable, universal childcare in Canada

October 14, 2014

BCGEU strongly supports the federal NDP’s plan to bring universal $15/day childcare to all Canadian families.

“I am very pleased to see the Official Opposition has developed a plan to tackle our country’s childcare crisis. Affordable, universal childcare will offer real economic and social benefits to working families across Canada,” said BCGEU President Stephanie Smith.

Click here to read and support the NDP’s $15/day childcare plan.

Affordable childcare in Quebec helped 70,000 mothers join the workforce and boosted the economy by $1.75 for every dollar invested. High fees and lack of childcare spaces means that B.C. mothers with children under 15 have the lowest labour force participation rate in the whole country, which is why both the Surrey and Burnaby Boards of Trade have previously endorsed universal childcare plans.

“Young families are financially squeezed. Paying for childcare – when it’s even available - is like having to pay for housing twice,” says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, who is a licensed Early Childhood Educator. In B.C., childcare costs an average of $9000 per year for a two year old; in Vancouver it’s $14,000.  Even so, there is only one licensed childcare space for every five children in the province.

“We urge all BCGEU members and all working families in British Columbia to get behind the federal NDP’s plan for universal childcare,” says Smith. Click here to find out more.

The BCGEU is the leading childcare union in British Columbia, representing over 1,500 Early Childhood Educators in 150 bargaining units, ranging from small not-for-profit daycare societies to large institutional childcare centres at UBC, SFU and the YMCA. 

Related information

    ▪    NDP $15/day Childcare plan

    ▪    NDP News Release

    ▪    NDP backgrounder on $15/day childcare plan

    ▪    BCGEU Can’t Afford Childcare campaign