Surrey families will soon have access to 295 new licensed childcare spots resulting from a $1.1 million investment through B.C.’s child care major capital funding program, the NDP provincial government announced Monday.
There are nine provincial ridings in Surrey — six held by the NDP and three, by the Liberals.
Surrey-Guildford (NDP) will get 97 of the spaces, Surrey-Fleetwood (NDP), 92, Surrey-Cloverdale (Liberal), 53, Surrey-Panorama (NDP), will get 37, and Surrey-Green Timbers (NDP), 16.
Meantime, Surrey-Whalley (NDP), Surrey-Newton (NDP), Surrey-White Rock (Liberal) and Surrey South (Liberal) will receive none of the 295.
The investment will enable childcare providers in Surrey to build new facilities, buy and assemble a modular building and develop a site, renovate an existing building and buy playground equipment.
“I’m thrilled that our government is creating 37 new childcare spaces in Surrey-Panorama, 12 of which will be specialized for children under 36 months — the most vulnerable age,” said Surrey-Panorama NDP MLA Jinny Sims. “This is an important step towards our commitment to implementing universal, affordable childcare.”