Childcare BC New Spaces Fund: Add New Spaces at Your Facility

The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund (formerly called the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program) is helping to accelerate the creation of 22,000 new child care spaces in B.C. over the next three years.

Funding is available for care providers to create affordable licensed child care spaces in the following categories:

  • Infant and toddler
  • Group 3-5
  • Preschool
  • School age

Priority will be given to applications that support:

  • New licensed infant-toddler spaces
  • Vulnerable and underserved communities
  • Child care services outside of core business hours

Funding Amounts

  • Up to $1 million per facility for public-sector partnerships with non-profit child care providers. (Public sector partners can be public sector organizations, local/municipal governments, school boards, public and post secondary institutions, band/tribal councils and or First Nations governments. They can choose to apply and directly operate their own program, or work with a third-party child care provider to deliver services.)
  • Up to $500,000 per facility for school boards, Indigenous organizations/band or tribal councils and First Nations governments, child development centres, and non-profit child care providers
  • Up to $250,000 per facility for private child care providers

If you're a local/municipal government and you're interested in creating new child care spaces on local government property check out the Community Child Care Space Creation Program for funding.

Check with the Local Health Authority

Make sure that you are allowed to create more spaces at your facility. Get in touch with your regional health authority Community Care Facility Licensing Office for more information.


There is no deadline to apply. Funding will be provided based on availability during the fiscal year. Develop your application at your own pace and apply when you're ready.

Review detailed requirements related to eligibility and the assessment process: