Daycare Centre receives critical funding, will remain open

July 10 2018

“Keeping the 49 valuable childcare spaces available to families who need them most was a priority for us, and by working with our partners we are pleased that the Centre will stay open.” Sandra Singh, General Manager of Arts, Culture and Community Service

front of Phil Bouvier centre building

The 49 space Phil Bouvier Family Centre Daycare, which was slated to close this month, will remain open through interim financial support from the City of Vancouver and the Central City Foundation.

The licenced childcare program at 717 Princess Street is operated by the Vancouver Native Health Society and serves a number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous families and children.

Support from the City of Vancouver, the Province, and community partners

Following concerns shared by many of the parents and other community members about the impending closure of the centre, several partners came together to explore community-based options for keeping the spaces available to families who need them most.

These partners include the Vancouver Native Health Society, Central City Foundation, Ministry of Children and Family Development and the City of Vancouver.

City Council has approved a $42,000 childcare grant through its 2018 Social Grant program, which includes an annual grant as well as transitional funding, while Central City Foundation has agreed to cost share the transition funding. 

Additionally, the Ministry of Children and Family Development has committed to working closely with the Phil Bouvier Child Care centre and its partners to ensure they have access to funding programs available through the province to support child care operations and the families accessing their facility.

This support ensures that these child care spaces will remain open until new provincial initiatives are implemented in September.

The Province is investing 1 billion in child care to help address affordability burdens experienced by families and help offset costs for operators as part of the Childcare BC plan.  

Quote from the General Manager of Arts, Culture, and Community Services

“Making sure that families have access to affordable childcare is a key priority for the City and we therefore shared the concerns of parents over the closure notice of the Phil Bouvier Family Centre Daycare,” says Sandra Singh, General Manager of Arts, Culture and Community Services.

“Keeping the 49 valuable childcare spaces available to families who need them most was a priority for us, and by working with our partners we are pleased that the Centre will stay open.” 

The City's target

The City has now surpassed the target of 1,000 new childcare spaces from the Capital Plan for 2015-2018.

Within the last four years, the City has built and committed 1,064 new childcare spaces, 374 of which are currently in operation.

The remaining spaces are in various stages of development, with the majority expected to be open by 2021.