School-Based Child Care Centre Expansion Project

Manitoba’s Action Plan under the Canada-Manitoba Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement provides capital funding for the development and expansion of child care centres to increase access to licensed child care.

Under the agreement, Manitoba is targeting the development of 23,000 new full time child care spaces by March 31, 2026, with dedicated capital grant funding to support the creation of 5,890 new child care spaces through capital projects.

The School-Based Child Care Expansion Project enables public schools to develop or expand on-site child care programming. In March, 2023, Manitoba issued an Expression of Interest to public school divisions to develop new child care spaces (infant, pre-school, school-age) located on school property, on surplus land or in surplus building space. The School-Based Child Care Expansion builds on the success of Manitoba’s Child Care in Schools Policy, whereby all new schools have a purpose-built child care centre included in the design. Co-locating child care on school property supports the families whose children are enrolled in that school, and it allows for new centre development in urban cities where land may not be as available as in rural regions.

In July, 2023, with funding provided under the Canada-Manitoba Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child, Manitoba announced the allocation of $132 million across 36 public schools to create more than 2,400 spaces for children under seven. Project details and timelines will be confirmed later 2023, with all projects expected to be completed by March 31, 2026.

Public Schools Approved for Child Care Space Expansion:

Division School City/Town Region Proposed  Spaces
Division scolaire franco-manitobaine Ecole Saint-Lazare St. Lazare Westman 35
Division scolaire franco-manitobaine Ecole Romeo Dallaire Winnipeg Winnipeg 35
Evergreen TBD TBD Interlake 74
Flin Flon Ecole McIsaac School Flin Flon Northern 89
Fort la Bosse Goulter School Virden Westman 89
Interlake Warren Elementary Warren Interlake 40
Lord Selkirk TBD Selkirk Interlake 89
Louis Riel Dr. D.W.Penner School Winnipeg Winnipeg 134
Louis Riel Minnetonka School Winnipeg Winnipeg 134
Mountain View Winnipegosis Elementary Winnipegosis Parkland 55
Mountain View Ethelbert School Ethelbert Parkland 35
Mountain View Roblin Elementary Roblin Parkland 104
Pembina Trails Beaverlodge Winnipeg Winnipeg 104
Pembina Trails Westgrove School Winnipeg Winnipeg 46
Pine Creek MacGregor Elementary School MacGregor Central 104
Pine Creek TBD TBD Central 70
River East Transcona Salisbury Morse Place School Winnipeg Winnipeg 134
River East Transcona John Pritchard School Winnipeg Winnipeg 134
River East Transcona Radisson School Winnipeg Winnipeg 134
River East Transcona Polson School Winnipeg Winnipeg 74
Rolling River Rapid City School Rapid City Westman 55
Rolling River Tanners Crossing School Minnedosa Westman 74
Seven Oaks West St. Paul School Winnipeg Winnipeg 134
Seven Oaks RF Morrison School Winnipeg Winnipeg 134
Southwest Horizon Souris School Souris Westman 104
Southwest Horizon Waskada School Waskada Westman 35
Sunrise Anola School Anola Eastman 89
Sunrise Centennial School Lac du Bonnet Eastman 74
Turtle River Glenella School Glenella Central 16
Whiteshell F.W. Gilbert Elementary Pinawa Eastman 104
Division scolaire franco-manitobaine Two Schools– To Be Confirmed* To Be Confirmed TBD 148
Winnipeg Four Schools -To Be Confirmed * Winnipeg Winnipeg Up to 296
TOTAL PROJECTS: 36       2,976

* Public school location to be confirmed with school division