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New Spaces Fund application criteria

Application criteria is set out in the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund Funding Guidelines and aligns with provincial priorities and with federal direction outlined in the 2021-22 to 2025-26 Canada-British Columbia Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement to focus on spaces that are run by public and non-profit organizations.

All applications will be reviewed as they are received. Final funding decisions will be communicated to all applicants once the intake has closed and the program has had a chance to review all incoming applications. Timelines may vary depending on application completeness, project complexity and cost considerations.

Priority areas include organizations creating:

  • Infant/toddler child care spaces
  • School-age spaces
  • Child care spaces in under-served regions
  • Spaces serving priority populations, including:
    • Families with low incomes
    • Children with support needs
    • Indigenous children and families
    • Black and other children and families of colour
    • Francophone children and families
    • Families new to Canada
    • Young parents (25 years and younger)
  • Fully inclusive and accessible child care spaces that allow children of all abilities to participate meaningfully; for example, accessible physical design and application of program inclusion policy.
  • Spaces with non-standard hours of care, such as: extended hours of care before 6 a.m. and after 7 p.m., weekend care, overnight care, care provided on statutory holidays or care provided on other days of school closures.
  • Spaces offering specialized programming for children with support needs, Indigenous children and families, francophone children and families, and/or young parents (25 years and younger).
  • Projects that support the creation of as many spaces throughout the province as possible.
  • Under the major capital grant funding stream, projects that start construction, including site development, within six months of funding approval and those that are scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2028.