4. Are all families with children benefitting from these new child care investments?

No. Importantly, the Affordable Child Care Benefit is opt-in, meaning families have to apply to receive the benefit. Families who are eligible may not receive the amount they are entitled to if they do not know about this benefit. Families should visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/child-care-funding/child-care-benefit for more information.

Additionally, the living wage calculation assumes the family is able to access child care. Many communities continue to face a shortage of licensed child care spaces. Wages for Early Childhood Educators also continue to be low, meaning attracting enough ECEs to offer high-quality child care is difficult.

Another important note is that our living wage calculates for a family with a four-year-old and a seven-year-old. Some families will face higher costs than those captured in our calculation, such as those who pay higher child care fees for infants or toddlers, those with teenagers who have higher food costs, and so on. This means families will vary in the extent to which the child care subsidies will offset their expenses.

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1. 1. What are the living wages in BC?
2. 2. How is the 2019 living wage different from previous years?
3. 3. Why are the 2019 living wages lower?
4. 4. Are all families with children benefitting from these new child care investments?
5. 5. Why do you calculate for a family of four/ What about other family types?
6. 6. What about housing expenses?
7. 7. What should employers pay this year?
8. 8. What is the living wage/ How is the living wage calculated?
9. 9. Why is the living wage calculated every year?
10. 10. Why does the living wage vary across the province?
11. 11. How does the living wage compare to the minimum wage?
12. 12. Should the living wage become the minimum wage?
13. 13. Does this relate to the provincial government’s new legislation on employment standards?