New Spaces Fund

The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund provides funding to create new licensed child care, helping families access quality, affordable, and inclusive child care while strengthening communities across British Columbia.

Key Priorities

In this intake, the Ministry will prioritize projects that deliver on key priority areas:

  • Creation of infant toddler child care spaces
  • Creation of 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 under)
    • Black and other children and families of colour
    • Francophone children
  • Creation of spaces co-located with other community or family services, such as on school grounds (including K-12 and public post-secondary)
  • Creation of 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

Key 2021-22 Program Changes

To maximize the number of child care spaces in high-need areas across the province, the following changes have been made for 2021-22:

  • Eligible organizations include public sector, Indigenous governments, not-for-profit organizations (societies) and Indigenous not-for-profit organizations (societies) only
  • Increased priority for projects creating Infant Toddler child care spaces
  • Focus on full-time 0-5 licence types and school age licence types
  • Including School Age Care on School Grounds as an eligible licence type for funding

Please review the Funding Guidelines for a complete list of the 2021/22 changes.

This funding is available to support the creation, expansion and relocation of child care facilities proposing to create new, licensed child care spaces. The following applicants are eligible to apply:

  • Public sector organizations including local governments, school boards, health authorities and public post-secondary institutions
  • Indigenous Governments
  • Not-for-profit organizations (societies) including not-for-profit child care providers, child development centres, and Indigenous not-for-profit organizations

Please review the Funding Guidelines for a complete list of the eligibility requirements.

Per project, eligible applicants can receive up to:

  • $3 million for up to 100% of eligible project costs for public sector organizations and Indigenous Governments
  • $1.5 million for up to 100% of eligible project costs for Indigenous not-for-profit organizations (societies)
  • $1.5 million for up to 90% of eligible project costs for not-for-profit organizations (societies), including not-for-profit child care providers and child development centres
Phase Date(s)
Call for applications open September 13, 2021
Call for applications closed November 16, 2021 (4:30 p.m. PST)
Internal review November 16, 2021 - February 2022
Notification of results March 2022