The City of Victoria is looking at implementing a city-wide Childcare Action Plan (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

City of Victoria looking into citywide Childcare Action Plan

Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun. Jeremy Loveday endorsing provincial plan

The City of Victoria is considering creating a citywide Childcare Action Plan, following a provincial announcement for over 400 new childcare spaces across Greater Victoria.

In a motion put forward by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Coun. Jeremy Loveday, the City would endorse a $2.85 million fund to develop childcare strategies, which allows for eligible childcare projects to apply for a $25,000 grant. The city will then apply for one of these grants.

READ MORE: 439 new licensed child care spaces for Greater Victoria

“There’s an acute need for childcare for before and after school,” said Loveday. “We want to look at how we can better use city-owned facilities. For example, the city owns many rec centres; perhaps we can create more spaces in those city-owned facilities, there are a lot of different approaches.”

READ MORE: Fernwood daycare selected for $10 per day childcare pilot project

This motion comes after the province announced a $4.6 million investment through the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, which will see a partnership with the Greater Victoria School District and non-profit organizations to created 439 new childcare spaces at elementary schools across the capital region.

Following the application for the $25,000 grant, Loveday said the city could then apply for larger pots of funding.

READ MORE: Vic West to host childcare expansion pilot project

While there will be a mix of childcare options, Loveday hopes there will be a good mix of affordable childcare options included in the project to reach more families.

“We’re hoping to look at childcare across the province and capitalize on the provincial initiative to provide affordable childcare options,” Loveday said.

The idea will come forward for discussion at city council on Thursday, and the deadline for the application is Jan. 18, 2019.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich Police ask for help locating missing high-risk youth

Robyn Coker-Steel has not been in contact with anyone from her home since Dec. 27

Warm “blob” could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: Study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

Some 500 people attend Sidney vigil for victims of Iran airplane crash

All 176 passengers, including 57 Canadians, died when Flight PS752 crashed

VIDEO: Soldiers trade rifles for snow shovels to help dig out St. John’s

A state of emergency is set to extend into a fifth day

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

Surrey’s ‘Pink Palace’ being used for Stephen King horror shoot

New web series based on King’s The Stand novel

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Vancouver Island Pride weekend returns to Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Building on the success of last year’s family-friendly pride festival on Vancouver… Continue reading

Scarlett Point lighthouse keeper wins a million bucks playing the lottery

“I usually just get a quick pick, so I didn’t expect to win a big prize”

B.C. woman crowned the fastest female marathon runner in Canadian history

Malindi Elmore ran an incredible 2:24:50 at the Houston Marathon

Alberta bulldog breeder ordered to refund B.C. buyer over puppy’s behaviour

Tribunal ruled a verbal agreement to send a new dog superseded the written contract

Man dies in backcountry near Nelson’s Whitewater Ski Resort

The victim was found unresponsive in a tree well Friday

Most Read