On Monday, December 4th, the British Columbia government released a statement announcing its plans to invest $33 million to create more licensed childcare spaces across the province.
“I’m excited to be announcing that we are building thousands of child-care spaces throughout B.C., including more than ever before for Indigenous communities,” says Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development.
“Too many B.C. families are struggling to find child care. These new spaces will offer relief and hope to parents.”
Hundreds of spots to open up on Vancouver Island
According to a CTV News report, hundreds of childcare spaces have been allocated to Vancouver Island. The majority will be in Victoria at a cost of approximately $3.7 million.
Here’s a projected breakdown of who gets how many new childcare spaces:
- Victoria: 448
- Sooke: 28
- Duncan: 112
- Campbell River: 98
- Nanaimo: 48
- Courtenay: 38
- Qualicum Beach: 36
- Chemainus: 18
- Mill Bay: 28
The funding will help facilities with their operational and start-up costs, and is sure to relieve the pressure off of existing daycare spaces.
“The Provincial Child Care Council is working closely with the ministry to guide them towards improving access to child care,” said Wayne Robertson, PCCC chair.
“Council members are energized by the new focus on fixing the child-care crisis and I think that the future is looking brighter for B.C. parents.”