B.C. Budget: NDP releases first budget update
Here are the main takeaways from Monday’s budget:
Families across B.C. may have been waiting for substantial increases to child care funding, but despite promises in the NDP election platform it is mostly missing from this budget update.
During the new government’s throne speech, the NDP hinted at a universal child care program.
The NDP had said their plan was to create 22,000 new child care spaces in the next three years.
The government said $291 million is also being allocated to build 2,000 new modular housing units for the homeless over the next two years, with another $170 million being set aside to help operate that housing.
Some big spending from the B.C. NDP on the fentanyl emergency, including $265 million in new funding for the Ministry of Health and $32 million to boost police resources and the B.C. Coroners Service.