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The BC Experiment That Could Transform Child-Care Work – The Tyee

Dec. 11, 2023

The government is testing a new, higher salary grid to attract and retain workers.

In 2021, the federal government promised $30 billion over five years to create tens of thousands of child-care spaces while dramatically reducing fees for parents, with about $3.2 billion set for B.C.

But child-care workers and advocates say there’s a big problem. There aren’t nearly enough child-care workers to reach that goal.

The Tyee has learned the B.C. government is responding with a pilot program that will establish and fund higher pay rates at 53 child-care centres across the province beginning this month. The initiative could transform working conditions in the sector.

Operators say there is “brutal” competition for early childhood educators, or ECEs. Some child-care centres can’t operate at full capacity because of staff shortages, worsening the years-long waits many parents already face.

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