BC Liberals: NDP childcare factcheck

NDP Claim: They’ve supported the creation of over 26,000 child care spaces

The Facts:

  • The NDP promised to deliver 24,000 child care spaces

o   Only 6,000 spaces have been opened to date

o   12,500 spaces are several years out from being created

o   7,500 spaces have no timeline to be realized according to the Minister

Quotes:

  • “We’ve supported the creation of over 26,000 spaces, with about 6,000 spaces that have already been opened and another 12,500 to come in the coming years.” – Katrina Chen, Hansard, June 1, 2021
  • “It takes time for the spaces to be built and operated.” – Katrina Chen, Hansard, June 1, 2021

 

NDP Claim: They are going to deliver $10-a-day, universal child care

The Facts:

  • $10-a-day childcare is not in the budget, just 75 additional prototype sites
  • The Minister of Childcare now says they are exploring alternative funding models

Quotes:

  • “Different funding model[s] [are] definitely being taken into consideration.” – Katrina Chen, Hansard, June 2, 2021
  • “We’re doing a small pilot site, like the $10-a-day prototype site, and also looking at… other ways of funding child care as well.” – Katrina Chen, Hansard, June 2, 2021

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