Liberals move forward to make before and after-school care more accessible for families in British Columbia

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2019

Liberals move forward to make before and after-school care more accessible for families in British Columbia

Delta, B.C. — A re-elected Liberal government will help up to 250,000 more public school kids get a spot in before and after-school programs and nearly double federal spending on child care.

Kids across Canada are heading back to school this month. But for many families with elementary school children, finding a spot in before and after school care programs in communities like Delta will be difficult and expensive. In 2019, less than one in three elementary school kids will be able to get a space — and in British Columbia, for families lucky enough to get a spot, it will cost them more than $4,000 this year. Meanwhile, parents who work late shifts or irregular hours have even fewer child care options. Since child care still falls disproportionately to women, moms are too often left to shoulder the responsibility.

“Parents shouldn’t have to worry about finding quality child care that won’t break the bank. But for too many families, getting their kids the care they need is challenging and expensive. That’s unacceptable,” said the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

“Today, we’re promising to create hundreds of thousands of new before and after school spaces and lower the costs of child care for families here in Delta and all across British Columbia,” said Carla Qualtrough, Liberal candidate for Delta.

A re-elected Liberal government will help parents with elementary school kids by doing the following:

  • We will create up to 250,000 more before and after school spaces for kids under the age of ten;
  • We will put $800 back into the pockets of the average British Columbia family of four — every year — by lowering parents’ fees by ten percent across the country. More than one million families will benefit;
  • We will dedicate a portion of the new spaces to provide more child care options for parents who work overtime, late shifts, or multiple jobs so they can count on help when they need it most.

We will do this by nearly doubling the federal support we provide to the provinces and territories through the Early Learning and Child Care Framework, investing at least $535 million more each year.

These measures build on four years of Liberal investments in child care and families, including:

  • the Canada Child Benefit, which — in addition to investments in child care — is putting more money in the pockets of nine out of ten families to help with the high cost of raising kids. Since 2015, the CCB has helped lift more than 300,000 Canadian kids out of poverty.
  • In British Columbia, the Canada Child Benefit has helped over 440, 000 families across the province, including over 10,000 families in Delta.
  • the Early Learning and Child Care Framework, which invested $7.5 billion dollars to create tens of thousands of new child care spaces around the country; and
  • a commitment to develop an additional 40,000 high quality and affordable learning spaces each year, rising to 100,000 by 2030.

“Just like Stephen Harper, Andrew Scheer’s idea of helping families is to give tax cuts to those who attend private schools,” said Mr. Trudeau. “Canadian families need high quality, affordable child care solutions, not tax breaks for the wealthy at everyone else’s expense. Liberals have a real plan to make smart investments now, so that families can get the care they need for their kids, and help them get the best start possible in life.”

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BACKGROUNDER Making before and after school care more accessible and affordable for families

For further information:

Nicholas Kang



Ryan Cotter

British Columbia Communications Director

Liberal Party of Canada