Can we raise children in Vancouver?

Vancouver has developed a reputation as a difficult place to raise kids. The high cost of childcare - for those who can find a spot - and the difficulty finding suitable housing have led many prospective parents to delay starting a family or explore alternatives, such as life in the suburbs. Those who choose to have kids in Vancouver often end up making sacrifices in their careers, lifestyles, or financial situations to make it work. Given these challenges, as well as the risks posed by the proliferation of unlicensed childcare facilities, how can government, employers, developers and community groups work together to build a more child-friendly Vancouver?

This event took place September 26, 2017, at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre in Vancouver, BC.


Stephen Quinn - Host, On The Coast, CBC Radio One British Columbia


Lynell Anderson, BCom’80, CPA, CGA - Public Policy Researcher and Community Engagement Specialist
Martin Guhn, PhD'09 - Assistant Professor, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Chantelle Krish - Director, Communications and Advocacy, YWCA Metro Vancouver
Mary Clare Zak - Managing Director, Social Policy and Project Division, City of Vancouver