Over 1,200 new licensed not-for-profit child care facility spaces will be opened in communities across Saskatchewan.
The 1,202 spaces will be added to 21 Saskatchewan communities as a part of a shared goal to create 28,000 new child care spaces in the province by the end of March 2026.
The communities that will see the spaces are Asquith, Bethune, Bredenbury, Grayson, Gull Lake, Hague, Humboldt, Kindersley, Lloydminster, Martensville, Milestone, Moose Jaw, Montmartre, Pilot Butte, Outlook, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Warman and Zenon Park.
The new spaces will be integrated into communities either through new child care facilities or added into existing facilities.
Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould says every child deserves the best start in life,
“These additional child care spaces will help grow our Canada-wide early learning and child care system, allowing more children and families from Saskatchewan to access high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care.”
The new spaces were funded through the Canada-Saskatchewan Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement that was signed in August 2021, which provides a federal investment of nearly $1.1 billion over five years for child care in Saskatchewan.