The province has awarded more than 70 communities with grants from the Community Child Care Planning Program.

The grants went to local governments who are expected to use the money 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.

Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast Regional District got a grant for the work valued at 67,150 dollars.

They are expected to work with their school districts, local health authorities, Indigenous partners and other key child care stakeholders to build the plan.

In addition to the Community Child Care Planning Program, the Province launched the Community Child Care Space Creation Program in September 2018 in partnership with UBCM and funded through the Canada – BC Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

That program will provide local governments with up to one million dollars to support the creation of new licensed child care spaces, with a focus on infant and toddler care.