Community Child Care Space Creation Program
Across the province of British Columbia, there is currently a significant shortage of licensed child care spaces. Data from the Ministry of Children and Family Development indicates the space shortage is most critical for children aged 0-5 years.
To help fill this shortage, the Ministry of Children and Family Development has established the Community Child Care Space Creation Program to assist local governments in creating new, licensed child care spaces within their own facilities or in a facility under a long-term lease agreement by the local government.
The fund, administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), provides local governments with up to $1 million to create new licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-5.
Priority will be given to projects that build spaces that serve infants and toddlers, offer care outside of regular business hours, are operated by a public body or non-profit organization, and/or benefit underserved populations, including:
- Children requiring extra support (as defined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation)
- Lower-income families
- Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) families and communities
- Young parents (25 years and under) completing their secondary education
- Single-parent families
- Recent immigrant and refugee families
- Children and families of minority languages and culture
- Francophone families
All local governments, including municipalities and regional districts, in BC are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants can submit one application per intake.
All applications must include the following documents, submitted by November 22, 2019:
- Completed Application Form
- Local government Council or Board resolution, indicating support for the current proposed activities and willingness to provide overall grant management
- Detailed cost estimates and/or project budget for all proposed activities
- Floor plans (if available at time of application), site plans, outdoor space plans (conceptual drawings accepted), including details of square meters for retained and new spaces
- Where applicable, copy of Community Care & Assisted Living Act licences(s) for projects proposing to expand an existing child care facility
- Where applicable, statement of other funding sources (e.g. grant letter)
- Confirmation of partnership with a child care provider (if available at time of application)
Please review the Community Child Care Space Creation Program & Application Guide in full before submitting an application.
Note: It is recommended that all applicants contact their local licensing office prior to submitting their application, to discuss child care licence types and licensing requirements.
Yes. New this year is the option for local governments to combine UBCM Space Creation Program funding with a New Spaces Fund grant.
This allows a local government creating new child care spaces to apply for UBCM Space Creation Program funding for Infant/Toddler spaces, 3-5 spaces, or both, and then use a New Spaces Fund grant to create different licensed spaces for the same project.
Note: funding programs can only be used incrementally – they cannot be used to create the same spaces.
Yes, local governments may now use Space Creation program funding to purchase land.
However, projects that use funding to purchase land must also use a portion of the Space Creation funding to create new child care spaces. For example, local governments could not only purchase land with Space Creation funding, and then only create spaces with a New Spaces Fund grant.
Applications are not currently being accepted for this program.
- Understand the differences between the Child Care BC New Spaces Fund and the UBCM Community Child Care Space Creation Program
The Ministry of Children and Family Development has provided $2.85 million for the Community Child Care Planning Program, administered by UBCM. Under this program, eligible projects can receive up to $25,000 to help local governments identify their child care space needs.
To date, 74 local governments, including regional applications, have received funding through this program.
The Community Child Care Planning Program provides funding for local governments to engage in child care planning activities in order to develop a community child care space creation action plan.
Through partnerships and engagement, all funded projects will collect information regarding the child care needs of the community; create an inventory of existing child care spaces; identify space creation targets over the next 10 years; and identify actions that can be taken to meet those space creation targets.
The information gathered through these plans will be shared with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and may inform future investments in child care space creation that the Government of British Columbia may provide your community through funding programs such as the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund. Please note that completion of a community child care space creation action plan does not guarantee future space creation funding.
All local governments, including municipalities and regional districts, in BC are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants can submit one application, including collaborative projects and participation as a partnering applicant in a collaborative application.
All applications must include the following documents, submitted by January 31, 2020:
- Completed Application Form;
- Local government Council or Board resolution, indicating support for the current proposed activities and willingness to provide overall grant management;
- Detailed budget that indicates the proposed expenditures and aligns with the proposed activities outlined in the application form. Although additional funding or support is not required, any other grant funding or in-kind contributions must be identified;
- For collaborative projects only: Each partnering local government must submit a Council or Board resolution indicating support for the primary applicant to apply for, receive, and manage the grant funding on their behalf.
Please review the Community Child Care Planning Program & Application Guide in full before submitting an application.
Where two or more local governments wish to collaborate on a single project, one applicant may apply on behalf of the others. In these cases, the maximum funding that would be available is based on the number of eligible applicants included in the application. For example, if two municipalities apply for funding together, they would be eligible to receive a maximum of $50,000.
Applications are not currently being accepted for this program.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 90 days of this deadline.