Under The Dome
Child-care spaces created in Rivers and Minnedosa
Because strong families are the foundation of Manitoba’s future, our government continues to improve child care in our province.
For years, families in Manitoba have had to struggle with a shortage of licensed, affordable and safe child-care spaces while wait lists have climbed into the thousands. We are listening to them. And as we recently announced, we are adding 780 new licensed child care spaces supported by $22.8 million in funding for construction in areas most in need across the province.
In the constituency of Riding Mountain, Riverdale Community Daycare will receive an estimated $900,000 in capital grant funding for the renovation of three classrooms in Rivers Collegiate. This expansion project will create 32 new child care spaces, including eight infant and 24 pre-school spaces.
Minnedosa Community Child Care Co-operative will receive an estimated $180,077 in capital grant funding for the creation of four new spaces for infants.
In addition, we have allocated $2.3 million annually in new operating funding over three years for 621 existing spaces at 63 child-care centres. This funding ensures these facilities will remain affordable for families and financially stable, so they can continue to offer early learning and child care in their communities.
These developments amount to a total of 1,400 new or newly funded child-care spaces with a $47-million investment over three years, through the recently announced Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.
The 780 new childcare spaces are being created through 20 major capital projects in communities such as Rivers and Minnedosa where access to affordable child care has been challenging and with consideration of lower-income, lone-parent or French-language families. The new centres will serve as community hubs with 10 projects at schools or on school properties, and another 10 projects at active community locations.
Manitoba families know the importance of affordable child care. Working with the federal government, we are vastly improving access to affordable and quality childcare while reducing families’ wait times and meeting the needs of diverse communities. At the same time, our work is continuing on a broader provincial early-learning and child-care strategy.
Our government was elected on a promise to repair the services Manitobans depend on, and improvements to child care are among our highest priorities. It’s exciting to see the ongoing expansion of early-learning and child-care facilities and spaces across the province as part of our work to reduce wait times and meet the needs of Manitoba’s communities. We are taking significant steps to meet these goals.
Greg Nesbitt is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Riding Mountain. He can be reached at 204-759-3313, toll-free 1-844-877-7767 or by email at email@example.com.