British Columbians Want a Real Investment in Child Care

Majority of residents would prefer increasing the number of available and affordable child care spaces than giving parents a tax credit.

Vancouver, BC – British Columbians are not particularly swayed by the promise of a tax credit for families with young children and would prefer for the provincial government to increase affordability and access to child care spaces, a new survey conducted by Insights West for $10aDay has found.

The online survey of a representative sample of British Columbians shows that $10aDay—a proposal that seeks to increase the number of affordable child care spaces and improve wages and training of early childhood educators—is regarded as “beneficial” by 82% of British Columbians.

The federal government’s decision to increase the monthly taxable Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) payment from $100 to $160 is regarded as beneficial by 62% of British Columbians. Even fewer (50%) perceive benefits in the provincial government’s introduction of a monthly $55 tax credit for families with young children.

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Most British Columbians (64%) believe it is better to fund services, in order to allow parents to have more opportunities to enroll their children in child care facilities. Only 22% of residents think it is better to provide cash for parents, so they can make a decision on how to allocate the funds for their children.

“British Columbians do not regard the new provincial tax credit as the solution to child care,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “The public ideologically and pragmatically is more supportive of a scenario that would make more child care spaces available to any British Columbian who requires them.”

$10aDay

Three-in-four British Columbians (74%) support the $10aDay proposal, including 83% of those who have had recent experiences with child care. In addition, three-in-five residents would both consider voting for a political party that implemented $10-a-day (63%) and believe the plan is realistic (61%).

British Columbians are also keenly aware of some of the advantages that a real investment in child care would bring to the province, including a more effective workforce (83%), benefits to the economy and health care (72%), return on investment (64%) and more tax revenue for the province (63%).

“This poll shows the provincial government that voters are ready for the $10aDay Plan to be implemented,” says Sharon Gregson, Spokesperson for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC. “Children are a non-partisan issue and the child care crisis is one this government can fix now, so we can see more mothers able to work to support their families, more children having access to licensed quality care, as well as increased revenues for the government.”

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary and has fifteen full-time employees.

About $10aDay

The $10aDay Plan is a concrete strategy to meet the needs of children, women, families, and employers for affordable child care that costs families no more than $10 a day, provides an increased number of quality spaces for children across the province, and provides better wages and training for Early Childhood Educators. First released in April 2011, the $10aday Plan has support from local governments, labour, business, seniors, media, academics, women’s organizations, school districts, medical health officers, early childhood and social justice groups.  For more information go to www.10aDay.ca

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted from December 2 to December 8, 2014, among 862 British Columbians who are aged 18+ and are Your Insights panel members, including 271 with recent child care experience. YourInsights.ca is Insights West’s in-house access panel offering on-demand samples for both clients and research suppliers looking for Western Canadian populations. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.3 percentage points for British Columbia, nineteen times out of twenty. Click to view the detailed data tabulations for British Columbia.

For further information, please contact:

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com

Sharon Gregson
Spokesperson for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
604-505-5725
sgregson@cnh.bc.ca

 

Photograph: Cristian Iohan Ştefănescu