The City of Vancouver is now more than half way to its four-year target of creating 1,000 new child care spaces, part of a record investment in expanding child care in Vancouver.
2015 saw 577 new childcare spaces either opening or approved in our city, as part of efforts by Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council to make it easier for families to live in Vancouver. 188 new child care spaces were built this year, with 389 new spaces committed.
“There is huge demand for child care in Vancouver, and City Hall will keep prioritizing investments to expand access to new spaces throughout the city," said Mayor Robertson. “Whether it is through our capital budget or requirements in rezonings, City Hall puts big focus on getting more childcare spaces in place for Vancouver families. We are making good progress, but there's much more to do.”
Sharon Gregson, a member of the Coalition of Childcare Advocates of BC, and the Director of the Early Years at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, praised the city's leadership but recognized that there is a bigger need for the provincial and federal governments to support high-quality, affordable and sustainable child care.
“The City is a leader in recognizing that quality affordable child care supports children, families and the economy,” said Robertson. “That’s why 2015 saw the biggest ever commitment to child care in Vancouver’s history through supporting new spaces and innovating for quality and sustainability. There’s more to do, and we need the provincial and federal governments at the table to ensure child care services are high quality and affordable for all families who want and need them.”