BC Child Care – Not For Sale

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On October 1, 2007, the BC government announced that, for the first time, private companies could receive major capital child care grants. The Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC predicted that this change in public policy would make BC attractive to large foreign owned child care corporations.

Our worst fears have now been confirmed. We have learned that a foreign-based corporation is actively trying to take over community-based child care providers across BC. If they succeed – the face of child care in BC will be dramatically changed now and for a long time to come.

This is not the solution to child care in BC.

BC children, families and communities need more publicly-funded community owned and controlled child care, not public subsidies of foreign shareholders’ profits.

This foreign take over attempt poses the biggest threat our community has ever faced. That is why the Coalition of Child Care Advocates is devoting our resources and energy to sending a strong message that BC child care is NOT FOR SALE.

As our campaign rolls out, we will share information and updates regularly at this website.

  • Follow the links below for more information
  • Stay tuned daily for new, up to date materials
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Download the poster (11″x8.5″): BC Child Care – NOT FOR SALE!
or request a printed copy of the poster: info@cccabc.bc.ca

View the webcast from our November 16 event: Say NO to corporate child care; Say YES to community owned child care


BC Child Care – NOT FOR SALE!
October 22, 2007

On November 16, join the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC to say NO to corporate child care and YES to community owned child care in BC
October 22, 2007

News Releases

Coalition of Child Care Advocates calls on BC government to block public funding to foreign-based corporations trying to buy up community-based British Columbia child care providers; BC child care is NOT FOR SALE
October 22, 2007

Child Care Coalition warns that foreign-based corporation buying up community-based British Columbia child care providers; Coalition asks if BC government decision to subsidize for-profit child care businesses is connected to takeovers
October 19, 2007

Related documents

Edleun Inc.: aggressive pursuit of profits in Canadian child care
CUPE report, December 7, 2010

WCB’s for-profit childcare contract
BC Federation of Labour, September 2010

Not in the Public Interest: Private Development and other Entrepreneurial Child Care Schemes
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, February 2009

Foreign Investment in the Child Care Sector: Canada’s International Trade Obligations
Steven Shrybman; February, 2008

Letter to Parents – English / Chinese (PDF)
October 29, 2007

Hindsight from Australia – Foresight for BC
October 23, 2007
View/listen to audio/video about the corporate takeover of child care in Australia
(October 2005; meeting with Lynne Wannan, Australian child care policy expert)

Letter from Bill Siksay, MP, to Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, expressing concern over sale of BC’s child care facilities
October 23, 2007

From Adroit Investments:

Related articles (2007)

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Childcare group in China link
Couriermail.com.au; Dec 12, 2007

Austock looks forward to strong growth
Heraldsun.com.au; Dec 11, 2007

Getting rich on child care: For-profit childcare puts the investor’s interests before the children’s interests
Straight Goods; Dec 4, 2007

Shareholder questions tender ABC Learning process
Herald Sun; Nov 29, 2007

ABC Learning Cuts Profit Forecast on Rising Australian Dollar
Bloomberg/Australia; Nov 28, 2007

Recruiting muddle dogs ABC Learning Centres
Courier Mail, Australia; Nov 26, 2007

ABC Learning finds it’s not child’s play in Canada
Courier Mail, Australia; Nov 25, 2007

ABC Learning earnings forecast down
The Age, Australia; Nov 21, 2007

Day-care bill comes amid fears of big-box takeover
CTV.ca; Nov 20 2007

Nowhere to go for hundreds of children as child-care centres close
Sydney Morning Herald; Nov 17, 2007

Big box buying spree adds urgency to national child care debate
Nov 15, 2007

Buy-up of child care providers alarms some
Prince Rupert Daily News; Nov 14, 2007

Cost not only child-care issue – it’s quality, says book
Sydney Morning Herald; Nov 12, 2007

Child Care in Hansard
Nov 5, 2007

Daycare centres no place for big-box mentality
Toronto Star; Nov 5, 2007

Australian conglomerate looks to snap up Alberta daycares
CBC News; Nov 2, 2007

Giant day-care chain promises quality care; Australian firm ABC’s move into Alberta creating apprehension
Edmonton Journal; Nov 1, 2007

Day-care firm concerns locals providers
Trail Daily Times; Oct 29, 2007

CUPE war chest to fight private daycare; Foes ramp up bid to keep Aussie ‘Fast Eddy’ from financing for-profit centres with public subsidies
The Toronto Star; Oct 29, 2007

Day-care giant seeks foothold in Alberta; Multinational has 2,238 franchises in 4 countries
The Edmonton Journal; Oct 29, 2007

Bad move
The Calgary Herald; Oct 27, 2007

Big pond: Multinational child care corporation prepares to flood Canada
CUPE; October 26, 2007

Parliament, Edited Hansard – Number 008
October 25, 2007

Council asked to protect city day cares; Australian corporation attempting to buy local centres
The Sudbury Star (Ontario); Oct 26, 2007

Big box operator eyes Canada’s child care
CUPE, Oct 24, 2007

Aussie day-care company eyes Calgary; City operators being approached to sell facilities
The Calgary Herald; Oct 24, 2007

ABC sets up in Canada
Courier-Mail, Brisbane; Oct 24, 2007

Foreign-based company buying B.C. child care centres? Union demands answers from government
NUPGE; Oct 23, 2007

Children’s care not for sale
Letters re: ‘Big-box’ daycare coming to Canada
Toronto Star; Oct 23, 2007

Big box child care could be coming to BC
News 1130; Oct 23, 2007

ABC Canada expansion denied
Couriermail.com.au; Oct 22, 2007

Big-box child care for B.C.?
24 HOURS; Oct 22, 2007

‘Big-box’ daycare coming to Canada; Industry worried as Aussie ‘Fast Eddy’ looking to expand his $2.2 billion empire
Toronto Star; Oct 20, 2007

Questions raised about foreign-based company buying B.C. child care centres
BCGEU; Oct 19, 2007