Partnerships working to create more child care spaces in B.C. (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Government Communications and Public Engagement
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Backgrounders

Facts about child care in B.C.
  • In September 2018, the Province announced two new programs to help local governments plan for and create new licensed child care spaces — the Community Child Care Space Creation Program and the Community Child Care Planning Grant Program.
  • Funded through the Canada – British Columbia Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, the space creation program offers up to $1 million per project to help local governments create new licensed child care spaces.
  • By combining funding with the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, local governments can now access up to $4 million per project.
  • The planning grant program provides local governments with up to $25,000 to plan for the long-term child care needs of families in their communities.
  • Both programs are delivered in partnership with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.
  • Applications are being accepted for the Community Child Care Space Creation Program until Nov. 22, 2019, and the Community Child Care Planning Grant program until Jan. 31, 2020.
  • In July 2019, the Province increased the amount of funding available through the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to $3 million per project for local governments, up from $1 million.