We have long spoken about the need for more affordable childcare spaces in Vancouver.
I believe we finally have a government that will do the work to make this a reality.
Today I was pleased to stand with the Premier to celebrate the good news that 2300 more affordable childcare spaces are coming to Vancouver in the next three years.
This is historic.
This is more childcare spaces in a shorter time than we have ever seen in our city.
Downtown we have spaces coming on Alberni street, more at the new elementary school in Coal Harbour, and other sites under development too.
For 8 years as an MLA I was told we had no chance at more spaces downtown.
Now I’m so pleased to see with a change of government parents voices are finally being heard.
I wanted to draw your attention to this childcare map that shows current availability and program info.
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, which will include a mix of spaces for children under the age of five, as well as spaces for school-age children.
I know that child care is incredibly hard to find.
By taking advantage of public spaces such as schools, libraries and community centres, these new facilities will offer a one-stop shop for parents, providing access to quality child care, as well as other essential services families need.
Since July 2018, the Province has funded more than 8,000 new licensed child care spaces across all of its space creation programs throughout British Columbia. More new spaces will be announced as projects are approved.
When families have access to quality child care, they thrive and so does the West End and Coal Harbour and our economy.
Investing in child care and early childhood education remains a priority for me as a parent, as your MLA, and for our government.