Last night, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver announced a commitment to make every elementary school getting a seismic upgrade child care ready, leveraging provincial investments to expand child care access in neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver.
A Vision City Council will also work to get child care centre inspection and violation data into an open source database, so that families can easily search the inspection history of child care centres on their mobile device.
These policies build on Vision’s Affordability Agenda, which will deliver 4,000 more rental units over four years, 1,000 new child care spaces, free learn-to-swim courses for kids under 14, and target 35% of housing in new developments to families.
This is in contrast to the NPA, who in the past week have committed to cancelling the City’s rental housing program, erasing affordable housing targets in existing community plans, and promising to roll back child care facility standards to make them “more practical.”
“Vision’s commitment to child care and making the city more affordable for families is clear, and with our Affordability Agenda, we have a plan for moving the city forward,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With Vision, voters know that we are making child care and affordability a priority, no matter what neighbourhood you live in. Vision’s investments in housing and child care are in stark contrast to an NPA that is promising to end rental housing programs and water down child care.”
Up to 40 elementary schools in Vancouver are identified for seismic upgrades. As provincial funding is secured, a Vision City Council will allocate up to $60,000 to make each school child care ready, enabling 24-30 new child care spaces per school.
“The Vision School Board has worked tirelessly to support and expand child care in our city, and by committing to leveraging seismic upgrades, we can enhance access throughout Vancouver,” said Vision School Trustee Allan Wong. “It’s a smart, strategic way to get more child care spaces ready, and builds on our Affordability Agenda that is supported by all Vision candidates on Council, Park Board, and School Board.”
Building on the success of the City’s Rental Standards Database, the City will promote awareness of Vancouver Coastal Health’s child care inspection reports to the public, and work to make them searchable online by violation. Vancouver Coastal Health already posts regular inspection reports for all licensed child care facilities in Vancouver.