By 2031, the number of licensed childcare spaces within Richmond will grow by 50%, adding 3,741 spaces across the city.
The municipal government says this newly approved target addresses current and future needs for childcare, and builds on the city’s 21% increase in spaces since 2016. As of 2020, there were 7,022 childcare spaces within Richmond.
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Over the coming decade, the childcare capacity will grow to 25 spaces per 100 children under the age of 36 months, 55 spaces per 100 children aged 30 months to school age, and 25 spaces per 100 school aged children.
For school age children, the plan will create facilities that are on-site or within walking distance from all elementary schools.
“Access to child care remains an issue for many families across the country,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Richmond has worked hard to significantly increase the number of child care spaces for families in our community with over 1,200 new spaces created in the past four years.”
“Since 2018, the City of Richmond has opened three new City-owned child care facilities with another centre and two early childhood development hubs to open over the next two years. City Council is committed to working with our community partners and other levels of government to address the demand for this essential service in our community.”
The municipal government owns 10 purpose-built childcare facilities, and an additional facility and two early childhood development hubs have been secured through the rezoning process within new developments currently under construction. These new-build facilities will add 201 spaces within two years, increasing the number of city-owned spaces to 585.