Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund

The Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund provides one-time funding to school boards, public post-secondary institutions and health authorities to support new child care space creation or expansion within the public sector.

Last updated: March 12, 2021

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How the funding works

The Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund has a total of $6 million to create licensed child care spaces through minor renovations and to purchase equipment required for these spaces to become licensed and operational.

Funding is only available to school boards, public post-secondary institutions and health authorities to create or expand licensed child care in public spaces they currently own. Child-Minding and Occasional child care are not eligible care types for this funding.

Eligible projects include:

  • Dividing a room or gymnasium by installing a movable wall/room divider to enable multiple uses
  • Installing cabinetry to store materials to support the use of an existing space for child care
  • Creating an outdoor space to enable child care
  • Renovating a current StrongStart BC space to provide additional uses such as before-and after-school care or care for children aged 0 to 5 years
  • Completing minor renovations to enable child care

As of March 12 2021, applications for the Child Care Rapid Renovation Fund are now closed

Successful applicants must complete the funded work and be licensed by August 31, 2021. Financial reconciliation must be completed by October 31, 2021.


Funding details

Successful applicants may be eligible to receive 100% of budgeted and eligible project costs up to $5,000 per full-time child care space created. For example, a project that creates 20 full-time child care spaces would be eligible for up to $100,000 of the project's total budget amount.

Consideration may be given to specific regions to meet community need and ensure funding distribution equity.

Consulting services:

  • Project management
  • Project-related professional fees, except legal costs, such as:
    • Architect
    • Accountant

Major systems:

  • Flooring
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Building design and construction related elements, such as:
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing

GST and PST as part of eligible project expenses, if applicable.

Capital purchases:

  • Furniture and large equipment, including room dividers/partitions
  • Fixtures and equipment required by fire regulations, such as:
    • Fire alarms
    • Exit signs
    • Fire extinguishers
  • Permanent outdoor equipment, such as:
    • Fencing
    • Resilient ground covering
  • Permanent outdoor play equipment, such as:
    • Climbers
    • Swings
  • Washroom fixtures, such as:
    • Toilets
    • Sinks
  • Permanently installed equipment, such as:
    • Cubbies
    • Light fixtures
    • Washroom dividers
    • Locking medicine cabinets
  • Accessibility equipment, such as:
    • Wheelchair ramps
    • Lifts
    • Automated doors
    • Modified bathroom equipment
    • Modified lighting
  • Additional equipment or other capital costs if the equipment or capital cost is required to enable the facility to become licensed under and compliant with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and the Child Care Licensing Regulation, and/or enable the facility to become operational
  • Any/all costs or expenses incurred prior to funding approval
  • Legal costs
  • Non-capital items, such as:
    • Toys, books, and games
  • Consumables, such as:
    • Food 
    • Art supplies
    • Office supplies
  • Office furniture and equipment, such as:
    • Desks
    • Chairs
    • Filing cabinets
    • Telephone
    • Computers
  • Electronics, such as:
    • Televisions
    • Stereos
    • CD players
  • New or updated software/technology
  • Video surveillance equipment and security alarm systems
  • Dramatic play furniture, such as:
    • Activity tables
    • Child-sized sinks, stove, fridge, or work bench
  • Textiles, such as:
    • Rugs
    • Window coverings
  • Housewares, such as:
    • Pots and pans
    • Dishes
    • Flatware
    • Brooms
    • Garbage cans
  • Indoor play structures/equipment, such as:
    • Indoor climbers
    • Playhouses
    • Swing sets
    • Tunnels
    • Mats and cushions
  • Training activities, such as:
    • Food Safe
    • First Aid
  • Project-related costs or fees payable to the eligible applicant (or the applicant’s directors or officers)
  • Ongoing costs for existing staff salaries and benefits
  • Vehicles
  • Warranties
  • Free standing or window mounted air conditioners

 


Funding requirements

Funding recipients must ensure they (if directly delivering the child care services) or their contracted service provider (if contracting a third-party operator) meet the following requirements:

Funding recipients must also adhere to the following minimum funding requirements:

  • Projects receiving funding under $50,000 commit to continuing the child care operation for a minimum of 5 years
  • Projects receiving funding between $50,000 and $500,000 commit to continuing the child care operation for a minimum of 10 years
  • Projects receiving funding more than $500,000 commit to continuing the child care operation for a minimum of 15 years

If the child care operation fails to meet the funding requirements, the funding recipient may be required to repay some or all of the funding. 


Notification of results

You should be contacted with the results of your application within 3 weeks of submitting a complete application. However, this process may take longer depending on the number and complexity of the applications.

Applications are not processed until complete.

  • Once an application is complete, it is placed in the queue to be processed in the order from the date on which it was completed
  • Incomplete applications will not be placed in the processing queue
  • If an application is missing required documentation, the application may be found ineligible for funding

Reconcile your funding

Funding recipients are required to submit a financial reconciliation package to the Ministry by October 31, 2021.

The financial reconciliation package must include:

  • A copy of all current licenses issued under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act for the child care facility proposed within the application
  • The Financial Reconciliation Report, dated and signed by the authorized signatory of the organization, certifying that the project has been completed in accordance with the grant letter
  • The Ministry’s Itemized Expense Report, prepared and signed by a treasurer, Chief Financial Officer or accountant, itemizing all eligible project costs paid by the funding recipient

Funding recipients that do not supply a financial reconciliation package are required to repay the full funding award as a debt owing to the Ministry. If the Ministry deems that a financial reconciliation package does not reflect the purchase of approved items up to the dollar value of the grant, we may request follow-up information or repayment.

If a project creates fewer licensed child care spaces than proposed and approved in the application, the Ministry may request repayment– in full or for a pro-rated amount. If funding recipients fail to meet the requirements of the funding, they may be required to repay some, or all the funding awarded.