Caring for Kids, Lifting Up Families

Our made-in-B.C. plan will give our kids a head start and help families get ahead.

Budget 2018 is investing a billion dollars into child care – the biggest investment in B.C. history – to deliver swift relief for tens of thousands of families and help us lay the foundation for a universal, affordable child care plan that will benefit British Columbians for decades to come.

By bringing fees down for parents, building more licensed spaces, and working to support and increase the number of qualified Early Childhood Educators we are taking the first important steps towards universal child care.

A young family.

Reducing Costs For Parents

We know parents are struggling today. That's why we are investing $630 million over three years to improve affordability, including a child care fee reduction that will offer immediate relief for parents with children up to age five in licensed child care.

A young expectant couple.

Access For All Families

Improving access to quality child care isn't just about delivering more licensed child care spaces. It's about inclusion for all children. That means working with Indigenous communities to create culturally-centred child care services, increasing access to specialized care for children with diverse needs, and making sure that child care is welcoming for children who may be vulnerable due to family circumstances.

A father reading to his young son.

Quality Care For Our Kids

Kids are precious and irreplaceable. That's why our plan for universal child care is focused on delivering quality, licensed spaces across the province. But quality is about more than licensing. It's also about supporting children's healthy development and early learning. Child care can and should be an important part of a child's learning journey