By Sarah Klein
A strategy by the Manitoba government to provide families with more affordable child care options was introduced on Thursday.
Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said the Family Choices Building Fund is part of the government’s five-year plan to address the need for increased child care services throughout the province.
“The next phase of our plan sees up to $2.8 million allocated each year to provide a capital contribution to non-profit child-care organizations building community-based centres,” Irvin-Ross said.
The fund builds on the already announced $25 million to create and expand 20 early learning and child care centres.
The province also announced the opening of the newly expanded Day Nursery Centre at 355 Kennedy Street. The province spent $228,000 on the centre to add eight new infant spaces for a total of 44.
The centre will also receive $220,000 annually from a provincial operating grant.