The BC government is hoping $33 million investment will help ease the child-care crunch facing many families.
Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy says the funding will create over 3800 licensed child-care spaces in 52 communities, including infant and toddler spaces, spaces on school grounds or in a community hub, and Indigenous child-care spaces.
The funding can be used for building a new child-care facility, including the cost of buying land or a building, purchasing and assembling a modular building and developing a site, renovating an existing building, and to buy eligible equipment.
Some of the projects include:
- The Gitxaala Nation is receiving $500,000 to create 24 spaces at the Gitxaala Day Care in Kitkatla.
- The Haida Gwaii School District (#50) is receiving $265,000 to create 20 spaces at the Tahayghen School Child Care Centre in Masset.
The Kitimat Community Development Centre Society is receiving $197,268 to create 16 infant and toddler spaces at Stepping Stones Day Care.
- The Central Coast School District (#49) is receiving $415,698 to create 28 new spaces at the Hagensborg Daycare Centre in Hagensborg.
The Xeni Gwet’in First Nation is receiving $500,000 to create eight infant and toddler spaces at Charlene William Daycare.
- The Yunesit’in Government is receiving $500,000 to create 16 spaces – eight for infants and toddlers, and eight for children aged three to five years – at the Yunesit’in Early Learning Centre in Hanceville.
- The C’imo’ca Head Start Childcare Centre in Kitamaat Village will receive $374,950 to create 20 spaces – four for infants and toddlers, and 16 for children aged three to five years – at its Headstart program.
The BC government says it isworking with child-care providers to sign project agreements that include the specific requirements for each site, like the need to lease or buy property, obtain local zoning permits, and hire contractors to renovate the sites.