The B.C. Government announced four new child care facilities will be rolled out from fall 2020 to fall 2022 as part of Childcare BC’s New Spaces Fund.
The facilities will add 133 new licensed child care spaces for families, at the following locations:
- Infant Plus Daycare Centre, in James Bay – 32 spaces (April 2021)
- Green House Studio, mixed indoor/outdoor spaces – six spaces (September 2020)
- Pacifica Housing Burnside, in Burnside Gorge – 59 spaces (late fall 2022)
- Pacifica Housing Oak Park 2, in Langford – 36 spaces (spring 2021)
“The Pacifica Housing Oak Park 2 project will create 81 new affordable housing units with an onsite child care facility, so that low- and middle-income families in the Westshore can access this service,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin.
The province says that COVID-19 developments may cause unexpected delays in construction and added that all newly opened spaces will have to abide by guidelines that are in place.
Since the New Spaces Fund launched in July 2018, over 1,400 new, affordable licensed child care spaces in the CRD have been funded.
The funding is all part of the B.C. government’s Childcare BC plan — a three-year $1-billion investment into daycares and school programs across the province that was announced in February 2018.