Langley Children is pleased to support the following provincial campaigns in their efforts to support children and families:
#AllOnBoard stands for affordable and accessible transit based on income for all transit systems in British Columbia to ensure our communities can access public transit to live, work and thrive.
We advocate for:
- Free transit for all children and youth 0-18
- Sliding scale monthly pass system based on income
We also advocate for an immediate end to the fare evasion ticketing of minors, and the introduction of community service and restorative justice options for adults as an alternative to fare evasion tickets in all transit systems in British Columbia.
Within Metro Vancouver, we focus on TransLink. We advocate for TransLink to imbed an equity planning mandate in all transit planning and implement non-stigmatizing affordability measures without delay. We advocate for fare evasion fines to be unlinked from ICBC: https://www.allonboard.ca.
$10aDay Child Care Plan
The $10aDay Child Care Plan is the community’s solutions to BC’s child care crisis. 82% of British Columbians agree that it will be beneficial to parents.
The $10aDay Plan will make child care affordable by bringing fees down to
- $10 a day for full-time care
- $7 a day for part-time care
- No parent fees for families with annual incomes under $40,000
This will make a real difference for all families and is the single biggest step we can take to reduce poverty for families with young children.
The $10aDay Plan will build a child care system that provides a licensed space for every child whose family wants or needs it, on a voluntary basis:
- All children, including those with extra support needs, will be welcome.
- A range of programs in licensed family homes and centres will reflect the rich diversity of BC communities
- Licensed spaces will accommodate parents with non-traditional hours/shift work
- Existing child care services will be invited into the new system
- The $10aDay Plan supports Indigenous rights in Indigenous child care and urges governments to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to implement the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The quality of the system depends on Early Childhood Educators. They must be well-educated, well-respected and fairly-compensated.
The $10aDay Plan invests in the Early Childhood Educator workforce by supporting all caregivers to obtain an ECE Diploma. Over time, the workforce will transition towards a bachelor’s degree. Wages will also increase to at least $25 per hour, on average, along with improved benefits and regular adjustments for inflation.
Unlicensed caregivers will be supported to become Early Childhood Educators and work in the regulated system, if they choose.
The Plan’s requirements for health & safety regulation and education for Early Childhood Educators are keys to ensuring that consistently high-quality programs are in place for all BC children, across regions and socio-economic groups.
Read and download the full plan here.