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Here’s what British Columbians think about the ‘$10 a Day’ childcare program


Six years after the launch of the $10-a-day childcare program, many residents of BC seem to be in favour of it.

In a recent poll conducted by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC in collaboration with Research Co., the sentiment among British Columbians regarding $10 a Day child care remains overwhelmingly positive.

The survey, conducted in March, sheds light on the public’s perspective on this crucial program six years after its inception in the province.

With insights from over 20,000 supporters of $10 a Day and engagements across various communities, the findings provide feedback on the program’s progress and areas for improvement.

The poll reveals that nearly 80% of British Columbians view the continuation of the $10 a Day commitment by the government as crucial. Moreover, three-quarters of respondents express a desire for faster implementation of the program.

While only 9% of licensed child care spaces in BC are currently under the $10 a Day umbrella, a significant portion of the population has been personally touched by the program, either directly or through acquaintances, according to the report.

Notably, 35% of individuals aged 18–34 report benefiting from or knowing someone who has benefited from $10 a Day child care.

Despite these positive sentiments, challenges persist, particularly regarding long waiting lists for child care. With licensed spaces accommodating only 23% of young children in BC, families continue to face difficulties in securing affordable and accessible child care options.

A staggering 84% of families with young children highlight waiting lists as a significant hurdle, with 43% reporting waits exceeding six months.

About 75% of British Columbians also agree that flexible childcare options are needed, as more parents today work outside of Monday to Friday, 9-5.

Results are based on an online study conducted from March 21st to March 23rd, among 803 adults in British Columbia.

According to the report, the data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender, and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

The full report and additional stats can be viewed here.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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