New Child Care Spaces Fund for Centre-based Programs

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The New Child Care Spaces Fund provides funding to create new licensed early learning and child care programs (licensed programs), helping families access quality, affordable, and inclusive early learning and child care.

This is an application-based fund that assists with the creation of new programs by providing additional start-up funding for the purchase of equipment and supplies, or to licensed programs who wish to re-profile spaces based on community need (e.g., infant to pre-school).

Available Funding

Centre-based programs receive a fixed amount per type of space based on which zone they are in.

  Zone A Zone B
Infant or special needs $2,500 $4,200
Preschool $1,700 $2,800
Out-of-school $500  $1,000

Zone A: Behchokǫ̀, Dettah, Enterprise, Fort Liard, Fort Providence, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Jean Marie River, Kakisa, Kátł’odeeche First Nation, Ndilo, Wrigley, Yellowknife

Zone B: Aklavik, Colville Lake, Délı̨nę, Fort Good Hope, Fort McPherson, Gamèti, Inuvik, Łutselk'e, Nahanni Butte, Norman Wells, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Sambaa Kʼe, Tsiigehtchic, Tuktoyaktuk, Tulita, Ulukhaktok, Wekweètì, Whatì


  • Part-time spaces are funded at half the full-time rate.
  • Programs located in government-owned buildings, including schools, are funded at 75%. 


Applications can be submitted at any time.


  • Licensed centre-based programs

How to apply

We recommend you contact the Early Childhood Consultant in your region to discuss your application.