Sponsors: City of Terrace
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership | Referred to UBCM Executive
Whereas affordable, quality childcare provides the foundation for life-long success, and benefits to society overall, and childcare is important for the economy and quality of life for British Columbians;
And whereas childcare is a responsibility of the provincial and federal levels of government, not local government;
Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA lobby the provincial government to establish a universal plan for childcare facilities without depending on local governments to create and run childcare facilities.
The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has previously endorsed resolution 2016-B49 which asked the provincial government to address child care needs in BC, and invite interested local governments to collaborate and participate in developing child care solutions, but with the understanding that child care is not a core mandate or service for local government. The resolution also noted that local government interest in participation in solutions should not be an invitation for further downloading of responsibility or funding for childcare from the Province.
The Committee notes that the membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the provincial and federal governments to develop and invest in an affordable child care program (2017-B50, 2016-B50, 2016-B51, 2014-B39, 2012-B50, 2007-B54, 2007-LR8, 2005-B156, 2001-B98).
The Committee notes that the provincial government has invested $1 billion over three years towards the creation of quality, affordable and accessible child care. As part of this commitment, UBCM administers two grant programs (total of $13.7 million) to local governments who are interested in child care planning and assessment, or creating child care spaces in their communities. The Committee notes that participation in the grant programs is optional.