Victoria launches Affordable Child Care Benefit

By Greg Fry
September 6, 2018 - 3:00pm

BURNABY — The province says it's an investment that will make child care more affordable for 80,000 B.C. families — four times the number of families who benefitted from the previous child care subsidy.

First announced in its 2018 provincial budget, Victoria today officially launched its Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB) which it says will expand the household income threshold for qualification to $111,000, up from $55,000 under the old subsidy.

Combined with the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative announced earlier this year, this benefit means some B.C. families may end up paying no fees for the child care they need.

According to the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the benefit amount for infant/toddler care has also been increased, with some families now eligible for up to $1,250 a month per child, up from $750 per child, a 67 per cent increase.

Victoria says parents can apply for the new benefit online through My Family Services.

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