WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is investing six million dollars to create up to 739 new childcare spaces.
The province is funding 15 projects, most of them in Winnipeg. Some of them have been waiting to get off the ground for years.
Below is a list of the projects being given a green light. The government is not providing an exact time line on when each facility will be ready.
– Les Heures Claires Inc., up to 56 spaces in River East;
– Campus Day Care Centre Inc., up to 52 spaces at University of Manitoba;
– Soul Sanctuary Preschool, up to 40 spaces in Fort Garry;
– Little Saints Learning Centre Inc., up to 48 spaces in St. Vital;
– Qualico – Sage Creek (with community partner), up to 74 spaces in Sage Creek;
– Kookum’s Place Preschool Centre, up to 24 spaces in south Point Douglas;
– YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg at Great West Life, up to 100 spaces in the downtown area;
– University of Winnipeg Student Association Day Care Centre, up to 32 spaces in the downtown area;
– Ka Ni Kanichihk Daycare, up to 32 spaces in central Winnipeg; and
– Ryerson School Age Centre Inc., up to 48 spaces in Charleswood.
– Pembina Valley Child Care Centre, up to 52 spaces in Morden;
– La Salle KIDZ Inc., up to 60 spaces in La Salle;
– Niverville Heritage Holdings Inc. (with community partner), up to 90 spaces in St. Adolphe;
– Riverside Daycare Inc., up to 10 spaces in Thompson; and
– Springfield Learning Centre, up to 21 spaces in Anola.
The province is also rolling out a plan to streamline the process in running a daycare to make it easier for people with proper certification.
Steps being taken include expediting license renewals for centres with a track record of full compliance with regulation, streamlining of app ications for certified early childhood educators who wish to open a family daycare and improving public access to information about how to open a daycare online.
There are currently more than 14,000 people on a wait list for childcare spaces in Manitoba.