The provincial government has announced that parents with children under 13 years old attending public school will be eligible to receive $40 per day in September if the teachers’ strike continues into the new school year.
This is meant to help cover child care or tutoring costs and can be claimed through a new provincial government website, which has yet to be launched.
The entire program will cost approximately $12 million per day – the same budget it costs to run the school system for children of these ages.
The labour dispute turned into a rotating strike in late-May before evolving into a full-scale strike on June 17. Approximately 41,000 B.C. teachers went off the job, causing the school semester to end weeks early. School districts also decided to cancel summer school sessions.
The BCTF and the provincial government’s attempts at negotiating an agreement continue to fail as both sides are still far too apart.
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