On September 20, 2019 First Call sent a letter to the Minister of Children and Family Development, Katrine Conroy, and the Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen. The letter was sent to reinforce a long-standing message of concern from our members about the province’s child care capital funding program, specifically with the granting of public funds to commercial, for-profit child care operators and other private property owners. It includes a sample of specific concerns we are hearing from communities around BC in relation to the capital funding model. We urge the government to phase out the longstanding use of reactive, one-off capital grants to third parties, especially for-profit operators, to purchase, build or renovate individual, privately-owned child care facilities, and transfer capital grant funds into a new, separate child care capital budget for the purchase and development of child care assets that are publicly owned.
“… we remain concerned that a significant transfer of public funding to private, for-profit operators is incompatible with government’s long-term efforts to build a public, accessible child care system, as opposed to promoting child care as a market-based private enterprise.” – Adrienne Montani, First Call Provincial Coordinator