The province has promised to fund 3,806 new licensed daycare spots across British Columbia at a cost of $33 million.
Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy said Monday the new spaces will be part of 103 projects in 52 communities.
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The focus will be spaces for infants and toddlers, spaces on school grounds or in community hubs, employer-based spaces and indigenous child care, Conroy said.
It will take one to two years for the new buildings or renovations to be completed.
“We have a child-care crisis in the province,” Conroy said. “We’ve had a lack of funding into childcare for many years now. We’re doing a lot of work… to ensure that we’re meeting with advocates, with child care providers with families to ensure we’re going to put a system in place that’s’ going to work for families in British Columbia.”
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Conroy did not go into detail with regards to the NDP’s campaign promise of $10-a-day childcare, saying once February’s budget comes out a lot of questions will be answered.
As part of its election platform, the BC NDP promised to bring in an affordable childcare system at a cost of $1.5 billion a year.
— With files from Amy Judd and The Canadian Press