VICTORIA – British Columbia will spend $33 million to create 3,800 new child care spaces, supporting 103 projects in 52 communities across the province.
The focus of the investments will be infant and toddler spaces, those on school grounds or located in a community hub, indigenous and employer-based child care spaces and inclusive spaces in child-development centres.
“We are speeding up the creation of new child-care spaces to address years of pent-up demand for child care. Our February budget will show our long-term commitment to building a system of accessible, affordable and quality child care for families across the province,” said Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen in a statement.
Major projects include the Board of Education for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, which is receiving more than $3 million for seven projects to create a total of 308 spaces. The City of Vancouver will receive $1.5 million for three projects and in Prince George, $1.1 million will be spent to create 145 spaces.
The province will work with successful proponents to establish funding agreements and construction and renovations for most of the approved projects will begin shortly, a government news release stated.