Fernie will get 33 $10-a-day childcare spaces as part of the B.C. Government’s latest expansion of the program.
Provincial government officials said the Fernie Childcare Centre will get 8 infant and toddler spaces and 25 for children 2.5 years old to kindergarten age.
This expansion is part of 725 new spaces introduced in February, totalling 12,700 $10-a-day childcare spaces across the province.
Provincial government officials said the spaces are meant to help cut costs for families in B.C. from an average of $1,000 per month to about $200.
“Affordable childcare can be life-changing, and with over 12,700 $10-a-day spaces throughout the province, we are lowering the cost of childcare for families,” said Grace Lore, B.C. Minister of State for ChildCare.
“Through our transformative investments, we remain focused on making life more affordable for families and giving every child the best possible start in life,” said Karina Gould, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Provincial officials said all types of childcare providers were eligible for the $10-a-day program, with priority given to larger non-profit, publicly run and Indigenous-led providers.