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City backs child care: Council joins campaign to push for federal funding [CA-BC]

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Hilborn, Dan
Publication Date: 
7 Jun 2006

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Burnaby city council is joining the Code Blue campaign in an attempt to get the new Conservative government to live up to earlier Liberal government's commitments on child care.

In a report from the city's social issues committee, council was told that the cancellation of the 2005 agreements could result in the loss of funding for child-care programs.

Representatives from the city's child-care resources and referral program told the committee that there were only 3,171 licensed child-care spaces in Burnaby as of June 2005 and an average of 200 calls per month from parents seeking their services.

Council was also told that there is a waiting list for every child-care centre in Burnaby.

Council will send a letter to the prime minister and Burnaby's members of Parliament, asking them to honour the earlier agreements and to take other steps to "maintain and enhance" the child-care system in Canada.

Council will also send letters to the premier and Burnaby's MLAs, urging them to continue current levels of funding for child care, irrespective of the federal government's response.

Council passed the two recommendations without comment.

- reprinted from Burnaby Now