Media Contacts

Ministry of Education and Child Care

Government Communications and Public Engagement
778 974-5825

Mohammad Hussain

Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould


What people are saying about New Spaces Fund spaces in Langley

Val van den Broek, mayor, City of Langley –
“Langley City Council endorsed a first-of-its-kind Child Care Action Plan in 2020, which illustrated the need for affordable, equitable, accessible and quality child care that meets the diverse needs of residents. On behalf of council and staff, this is a welcome announcement from the provincial and federal governments, which are investing more than $2.3 million of the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund to renovate Douglas Recreation Centre in order to accommodate 72 additional child care spaces for Langley City families. This is another example of different levels of government working together to prioritize the needs of British Columbians.”

Sharon Pearce, Cookie Monster Preschool parent –
“I have had the privilege of enjoying watching my kids thrive for seven years at Cookie Monster Preschool and love everything about child care. I have two Cookie Monster Preschool graduates, two kids still enjoying every minute of it and a two year old who can't wait. I am grateful for happy smiles as my children enter the classroom with enthusiasm.”

Andrew Mercier, MLA for Langley –
“Families in Langley need access to affordable child care – especially before- and after-school care. Our government is making good on our promise to create more safe and accessible child care options for families, including 72 new spaces at Cookie Monster Preschool here in Langley.”

Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley East –
“For too long, parents in our community have struggled to find affordable child care. These new spaces will benefit the entire Langley region. Combined with our government’s child care fee-reduction program and recently announced $10 a Day spaces, we are making real progress for local families.”

New Spaces Fund evaluation criteria

The intake for the 2021-22 ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund opened on Sept. 13, 2021, and closed on Nov. 16, 2021. Applications were evaluated against criteria set out in the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund guidelines to align with provincial priorities and with federal direction outlined in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement to focus on spaces that are run by public and non-profit institutions.

Priority areas for this intake included child care providers that will deliver on the creation of:

  • infant-toddler child care spaces
  • spaces serving priority populations including:
    • low-income families
    • children with support needs
    • Indigenous children and families
    • families new to Canada
    • young parents (25 years and younger)
    • Black and other children and families of colour
    • francophone children
  • spaces co-located with other community or family services, such as on school grounds (including K-12 and public post-secondary)
  • fully inclusive and accessible child care spaces that allow children of all abilities to participate meaningfully (i.e., accessible physical design and application of program inclusion policy)
  • projects with a provincial cost per space of $40,000 or less

The 2022-23 intake of the New Spaces Fund applications will open in spring/summer 2022.