03/29/2016 08:57 EDT | Updated 03/29/2016 08:59 EDT

B.C. Just Made It Easier For Low-Income Parents To Get The Cash They Need

Mother and daughter walking to school.
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Mother and daughter walking to school.

VICTORIA — The Children's Ministry says child support payments will no longer be part of the calculations that determine child care subsidies for low-income families in British Columbia.

The ministry says the change on Friday will put more money in the pockets of about 900 families that become eligible for subsidies or increases to their existing subsidies.

Families can receive a maximum of $750 a month per child, depending on their income, size, ages of children and child care needs.

Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux says low-income parents who receive child support payments shouldn't be penalized when applying for additional support.

The ministry says the change makes the subsidy program fair and efficient.

It says 2,400 new licensed child care spaces have been created since November 2014 and another 1,850 spaces are expected by late 2017.

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