Child poverty

Ildi Varga, Vancouver Sun

Re: Best way to address child poverty is creating jobs for their parents, Opinion, April 18

Creating jobs is certainly helpful to end child poverty, but children need somewhere to go while their parents work. A good chunk of a parent’s salary goes toward child care costs. A tax credit of $660 per year provides small relief when it costs an average of $9,000 a year for a two-year-old to attend a licensed child care centre. Child care costs are second only to housing costs for young families.

An excellent (and environmentally friendly) way to address child poverty would be to implement the $10-a-day child care plan. A universal, cohesive child care plan would go a long way to reduce child poverty, would ensure that children are ready to start school, and would even create jobs.