Child care provider Nicholle Dhaliwal sits with her infant son, Midas, and two of her daycare kids. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta not on list for provincial child care funding

$33M will be invested to create more than 3,800 child care spaces

The B.C. government will be spending $33 million to create more than 3,800 child care spaces across the province within two years, but Delta won’t be seeing any of them.

On Dec. 4, the province announced the investment to fund 103 projects in 52 communities, focusing on infant and toddler spaces, spaces on school grounds or in community hubs, inclusive spaces in development centres, Indigenous child care spaces and employer-based spaces.

Related: Delta daycare spaces don’t guarantee placement

“We are speeding up the creation of new child-care spaces to address years of pent-up demand for child care,” Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen said in the release.

Currently, Delta has around 20 per cent of the ministry-funded child care facilities south of the river, and the third highest ratio of facilities to children.

That may change with the new government funding, which will see an additional 295 child care spaces in Surrey, 20 spaces in Langley, 125 spaces in Abbotsford, 15 spaces in Chilliwack, 12 spaces in Harrison Hot Spring and 37 spaces in Hope.

Related: Surrey to get 295 new licensed childcare spots



grace.kennedy@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Surrey mom says Liberal budget falls short in helping people with autism

Louise Witt, whose son has autism, says budget provisions like ‘putting a Band-Aid on a cancer’

Missing Surrey woman ‘located and safe,’ police say

Kayla Amy Smith, 30, who was reported missing last month

South Surrey mother guilty of second-degree murder in death of daughter

Lisa Batstone ‘took seven decades of Teagan’s life’

Prayer vigil to be held at Delta mosque for Christchurch victims

The event gets underway at the Baitur Rahman Mosque on River Road at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Six ‘distraction thefts’ in two days spark warning to seniors by Vancouver police

Distraction thefts are used to steal jewelry off the necks of unsuspecting women

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

WATCH: Popular Glow festival faces cancellation in dispute over farm land

Langley’s Darvonda Nurseries received a compliance assessment notice from the ALC on March 5.

Most Read