10/29/2014 04:40 EDT | Updated 12/29/2014 05:59 EST

B.C. Teachers' Strike Daycare Cheques In The Mail: Finance Minister

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 30 - The dance party is in full swing.The daycare had a bit of a party to honour the closing of the facility. Friday is the last day at the Church of the Messiah daycare on Avenue Rd. They're closing because all day kindergarden will be taking away their pre-school aged kids and it won't be economical to keep the daycare running without them.August 30, 2013. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

VICTORIA - Finance Minister Mike de Jong says government cheques are in the mail to help British Columbia's parents cover daycare costs incurred during the recent teachers' strike.

The Liberals introduced a temporary education-support payment of $40 a day to help parents of students 12 years old and under pay for learning and supervision.

De Jong says the payments apply to the first 13 days of school from Sept. 2 until Sept. 18, when teachers ratified their collective agreement.

The 13 days adds up to $520, and the payment is not taxable.

De Jong says 97 per cent of eligible families have registered to receive the payment and the government has mailed out 165,000 cheques.

Parents have until Jan. 31, 2015 to register for the payments.

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