Community Child Care Space Creation Program

British Columbia municipalities and regional districts can now access $13.7 million in funding through the Community Child Care Space Creation Program to create new licensed child care spaces in their communities.

The fund, administered by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), provides local governments with up to $1 million per project to create new licensed child care spaces on local government-owned property for infants, toddlers and preschool age children. The program will create approximately 1,370 licensed child care spaces.

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 not-for-profit, and/or benefit underserved populations, including:

  • Indigenous families and communities,
  • Children with extra support needs,
  • Lower-income families,
  • Parents under the age of 25 who are completing their secondary education, and
  • Minority language and cultural groups, including recent immigrants and refugees, and francophone families

The deadline to apply was January 18, 2019.

Community Child Care Planning Grants

To help local governments to identify their child care space needs, the Province, through UBCM, is providing Community Child Care Planning grants of up to $25,000 per applicant. The program is targeted to communities interested in creating new child care spaces over the next 10 years.

Applicants will need to collect and report information on the current availability of child care spaces in their communities and how well those spaces meet community needs.

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.

The new grants will help communities create an inventory, needs assessment and action plan that outlines short-, medium- and long-term space creation goals. Local governments receiving these grants will work with child care stakeholders in their communities to understand their specific needs, identify areas where child care is needed, the number of spaces and the types of child care required. Plans will also help to identify whether current spaces are meeting the unique needs of underserved populations.

For more information on either program and to apply, visit the UBCM website.

The deadline to apply was January 18, 2019. Successful grant recipients will be announced in the spring of 2019.

Work is also underway to make sure that Indigenous communities in B.C. — including First Nations, Métis and urban aboriginal communities — also have support to improve access to early learning and child care. The Province will announce new partnerships in the coming months.