Child care subsidy changes

Marcella Bernardo, Vancouver CKNW AM980

While BC’s Premier continues to preach she wants to put families first, the Ministry of Children and Family Development will soon roll back child care subsidies. Cuts in one program are coinciding with the implementation of full-day kindergarten next month.

Starting September 1st, the subsidy rates are being reduced from as much as 550-dollars per month to 210.

The net income exemption threshold is also decreasing for parents of 5 year old students.  It was more than 33-thousand dollars but is dropping to less than 22-thousand a year.

Families with students older than 5 already had an exemption level of about 22 thousand according to a ministry spokesperson.

The ministry is also increasing the maximum monthly subsidy rate for parents requiring care before and after school, as well as snow days and other closures. That rate’s increasing to a maximum 210 dollars per month….