B.C. to cut child-care fees for kids of kindergarten age and younger

B.C. has announced cuts to monthly child-care fees for families with children who are kindergarten age or younger.

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

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

Child-care providers running more than 96 per cent 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 reflected on their monthly bill come December.

Eligibility for the

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