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: December 22, 2020

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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

The deadline to apply is March 12, 2021.

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. 

How to apply

We recommend contacting your local health authority to speak to a Licensing Officer to ensure the proposed space meets the regulations and requirements to obtain a new or amended licence under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act  and Child Care Licensing Regulation.

For applicants with little or no experience with licensed child care, please review the Child Care Licensing Regulation, the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and the Rules for Operating a Licensed Child Care Facility

Submit your application

By submitting an application, you agree to the terms and conditions governing the program, the commitment periods and the program requirements.

Include the following in your submission:

  • The estimated number of spaces by licence type to be created
  • A brief summary of the project that includes a description of the space to be used for the child care operation, a description of the work involved, and/or a summary of the equipment required for the child care spaces to become licensed and operational
  • Confirmation of partnership/affiliation with a child care provider (if available at the time of application)
  • For projects proposing to expand their existing child care operation, a copy of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act licence(s), if applicable
  • Project cost estimate (completed by a facility’s project manager or staff)
  • Confirmation that the project work can be completed by August 31, 2021

Send your completed form and all required supporting documentation to

Applications can be submitted at anytime until March 12, 2021 and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

Applicants with multiple applications may not receive funding for all projects. If submitting multiple applications, it is recommended that applicants indicate the order of importance for all proposed projects.

Please refer to the Appendices in the application form for Definitions and Terms and Conditions.

 Download application form

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 completed financial reconciliation report listing all eligible expenditures (as indicated in the approval email)
  • A completed financial expenditure report, dated and signed by the authorized signatory, itemizing all project costs incurred and paid by the funding recipient, and certifying that the project has been completed
  • A copy of all current licenses issued under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act for the child care facility proposed within the application

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.