BC government announces 2,300 new child care spaces coming to Vancouver

Jul 4 2019, 5:18 pm

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The Government of British Columbia announced 2,300 new child care spaces will be coming to schools, community centres, and other public facilities in Vancouver,

Premier John Horgan, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, and Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen, were in Vancouver today to make the announcement.

“When families have access to quality child care, they thrive and so do our communities and our economy,” said Premier John Horgan, in a statement.

“Working with the City of Vancouver, we are creating more affordable child care spaces for more families. These new spaces will help families across the city, lifting them up and helping them to get ahead.”

The 2,300 child care spaces will be funded over the next three years through a new partnership between the City of Vancouver, the province of BC, and other sectoral partners.

“Increasing access to quality, affordable child care is one more way we’re helping families thrive in Vancouver and ensuring that our city works for everyone,” said Stewart.

“This partnership between the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC will provide a proven economic return on investment while keeping our neighbourhoods vibrant and strong.”

The City of Vancouver will receive $33 million from the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund to fund new licensed child care spaces over the next three years. This funding will go towards a mix of children under the age of five and spaces for school-age children.

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