Victoria to create over 3,800 child-care spaces

By Greg Fry
December 4, 2017 - 2:16pm

KAMLOOPS — B.C.'s minority NDP government is taking steps to address the shortage of child-care spaces in the province.

It has announced a $33-million investment it says will create 3,800 child-care spots throughout B.C.

The NDP promises the child-care spaces will range from infant and toddler spaces, to spaces on school grounds, inclusive spaces in child development centres, Indigenous child-care spaces and employer-based spaces. More than half of the spaces are being delivered by non-profit organizations.

Though the NDP made no mention of its promise during the last provincial election campaign of $10-a-day child care, Minister of State for Child Care Katrine Chen said their "February budget will show a commitment to building a system of accessible, affordable and quality child care for families across the province."

Construction and renovation of the approved projects, 103 in all in 52 communities, is expected to begin shortly. However, the province notes the timeline for each project will differ.



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