Children and Family Development

New partnerships to create more than 400 child care spaces in Victoria

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Children and Family Development

New partnerships to create more than 400 child care spaces in Victoria

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Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-2028
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Government Communications and Public
Engagement
Ministry of Children and Family Development
250 356-2028

Backgrounders

Victoria spaces deliver a range of licence types for B.C. families

This backgrounder contains additional information on the six projects that will create 439 new licensed child care spaces in Victoria. All of these facilities are public-sector partnerships with non-profit child care providers.

Doncaster Elementary:
The school district is partnering with a non-profit organization to create 66 spaces at Doncaster Elementary – eight spaces for infants and toddlers, eight spaces for children aged 30 months to school age and 50 school-age spaces. This project is receiving $818,750.

Frank Hobbs Elementary:
The school district is partnering with Goosey Gander Kindergarten Association to create 85 spaces at Frank Hobbs Elementary – 12 for children aged 30 months to school age and 73 school-age spaces. This project is receiving $800,000.

Macaulay Elementary:
The school district is partnering with a non-profit organization to create 37 spaces at Macaulay Elementary – 12 preschool spaces and 25 school-age spaces. This project is receiving $477,600.

Tillicum Elementary:
The school district is partnering with a non-profit organization to create 91 spaces at Tillicum Elementary – 16 preschool spaces and 75 school-age spaces. This project is receiving $818,750.

Victoria West Elementary:
The school district is partnering with the Victoria West Community Association to create 57 spaces at Victoria West Elementary – 32 spaces for children aged 30 months to school age and 25 school-age spaces. This project is receiving $872,800.

Willows Elementary:
The school district is partnering with a non-profit organization to create 103 spaces at Willows Elementary – eight for infants and toddlers, 20 for children aged three to school age and 75 school-age spaces. This project is receiving $818,750.

Total funding: $4,606,500 for 439 spaces

What follows shows the breakdown of the number of spaces by age group. Preschool programs typically operate only during the school-year (September to June). Most preschool programs run from one to four hours a day, although some programs can run longer.

Infant/toddler (under 30 months of age): 16 spaces

30 months to school age: 72 spaces

Preschool (30 months to school age): 28 spaces

School age: 323 spaces

Total: 439 spaces

Childcare BC New Spaces Fund making child care more accessible

Under the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, eligible organizations may apply for:

  • up to $1 million per facility for public-sector partnerships with non-profit child care providers. (Public-sector partners can be public-sector organizations, local/municipal governments, school boards, public and post-secondary institutions, band/tribal councils and/or First Nations governments.);
  • up to $500,000 per facility for school boards, Indigenous organizations/band or tribal councils and First Nations governments, child development centres, and non-profit child care providers; and
  • up to $250,000 per facility for private child care providers.

Priority was given to projects looking to create:

  • licensed infant/toddler (0-36 months) or licensed group (30 months to school age) child care spaces;
  • spaces by public-sector organizations, local/municipal governments, band/tribal councils and/or First Nations governments in partnership with a non-profit child care provider;
  • spaces on school grounds (including K-12 and post-secondary);
  • spaces serving vulnerable populations (e.g., low-income families);
  • inclusive spaces serving children with extra support needs;
  • spaces serving Indigenous communities;
  • spaces serving newly landed immigrants and/or refugees;
  • spaces serving young parents (25 years of age and under); and/or
  • flexible spaces that offer child care outside of core business hours (e.g., evenings, early mornings, weekends, etc.)

Not every application is for the maximum provincial investment available, as the project may be smaller or the costs may be lower (e.g., licensed family child care providers). The actual cost per space varies due to a range of factors, including the type of space being built and the community profile.

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