Local MLA Rick Glumac welcomes child care planning grant for Tri-Cities

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VICTORIA – New Democrat MLA Rick Glumac is welcoming $75,000 in grant funding for the Tri-Cities area to undertake a child care needs assessment and to plan for the long term needs of families in the community.

“I’ve spoken to many families in the Tri-Cities who are struggling to find child care,” said Glumac. “This funding will empower municipalities in the Tri-Cities to determine what our community child care needs are now and in the future, so we can have a solid plan moving forward.”

Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam are receiving $25,000 each.

Glumac added that local governments will use their grants to create an inventory of existing child care spaces, identify how many child care spaces are needed now and how many will be needed over the coming years, as well as the type of child care that is needed.

They will then draft an action plan to create these spaces and work with their school districts, local health authorities, Indigenous partners and other key child care stakeholders to build these plans. This information will be shared with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help inform future provincial child care investments.

There are 70 communities across the province receiving funding through the province’s Community Child Care Planning Program to engage in local childcare planning activities.

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