For Immediate Release
April 5, 2019
Bowen Island receives funding for child care planning
BOWEN ISLAND - Bowen Island Municipality has received a $22,520 grant through the Community Child Care Planning program, a partnership between the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and the Province of BC.
The planning grant will help the Municipality (BIM) assess local child care circumstances and identify what local families will need over the next decade. “Local governments know best the unique needs in their communities,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development, “and working together makes us stronger and better able to respond quickly.”
Bowen Children’s Centre brought the opportunity to apply for the grant program to Council’s attention at a meeting in December, 2018. Council unanimously expressed its support for the application and agreed to provide overall management of the grant, if successful. “We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome,” said Mayor Gary Ander, “we look forward to seeing improvements to the availability of affordable child care spaces that this action plan will help bring to our community.”
Bowen Island Municipality staff will work with the Bowen Children’s Centre 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. This information will inform the development of the Bowen Island Community Child Care Space Creation Action Plan, which will be shared with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help inform future provincial child care investments.
In the past year, BIM has also received grants through UBCM local government funding programs to support Emergency Support Services, to help with Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Route Planning and to administer a FireSmart program.