British Columbia to reduce child care fees for children in kindergarten and under


British Columbia has announced monthly child care fee reductions for families with children of kindergarten age or younger.

The Department of Education and Child Care said Friday the fee reduction will save families up to $550 per child per month, depending on whether their child is in group or family care. .

The cuts will take effect Dec. 1 and will affect families of about 69,000 children across the province, the ministry said.

Child care providers who manage more than 96% of eligible spaces have already signed up to participate in the provincial program, meaning families don’t need to apply for the new savings — the reduction should be automatically passed on to their monthly bill in December.

Eligibility for the new reductions is not based on income. The ministry said “kindergarten age” means children between the ages of five and six.

Low- and middle-income families are still eligible for income-based support for children up to age 12 through the Affordable Childcare Benefit launched in 2018, the ministry noted.

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