Parents can apply for childcare benefit

Parents can apply for childcare benefit

Applications are income-tested to determine whether a family qualifies for a portion of funding

Parents can now apply for the B.C. government’s childcare benefit.

The program, set to take effect Sept. 1, offers free childcare to families with an annual income of less than $45,000.

Families with a yearly income of less than $111,000 will pay less than $10 a day.

If eligible, families will start receiving the benefit retroactively for the month they apply starting Sept. 1.

A cornerstone of its election campaign and subsequent budget, the NDP aims to fund licensed child care spaces to reduce parents’ fees by up to $350 per month.