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Families deserve freedom and flexibility

Parents shouldn’t have to sacrifice family time to work long hours. But they’re facing the constant worry of skyrocketing cost-of-living. BC Greens would make childcare and early childhood education free and accessible. 

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The BC Greens plan for families includes:

Support for stay-at-home parents

  • Up to $500 per month for families with children under 3 and a stay at home parent

Early childhood education and care

Create a comprehensive program for early childhood education and care. We would increase funding for child care programs from $674 million in 2020/21 to $897 million in 2024/25. Funding would cover the phase-in of the various elements of this plan for a comprehensive program that would include: 

  • Professional development opportunities to increase qualifications of existing child care workers, and the training of more early childhood educators in certified programs;

  • The expansion of available physical spaces, prioritizing partnerships with public schools, community non-profits, and First Nations;

  • Establish professional wages for early childhood educators;

  • Up to 25 hours’ free ECE per week for 3 and 4 year olds;

  • Free childcare for working parents with children under 3;

  • Maintaining child care subsidies and and supports as needed to ensure adequate financial support for all families.

  • Moving the Ministry of State for Childcare into the Ministry of Education. 

Supporting flexible work arrangements

We would take the first steps towards policies that ensure that families have a viable choice between going back to full-time work, staying at home or balancing both, including:

  • In consultation with business, labour and other stakeholders, explore options for reduced work weeks and or flexible work hours. For example, encouraging employers to adopt a 4-day work week, or reduced hours for a standard work week while maintaining full-time status to maintain benefits, or modified work week arrangements. 

  • Supporting telecommuting to save commuting time

    • Helping employers to continue to support telecommuting where feasible.

    • Enhancing investments to deliver high-speed internet access across BC

By submitting this form, you consent to the BC Green Party retaining your personal information for party activities as outlined in the BC Green Party Privacy Policy. You may withdraw this consent at any time by contacting the party at 1-888-473-3686 or [email protected]