New fund to create and improve child care centres in the territory

"Priority will go to communities with limited or non-existent early learning and child care programming," says the GNWT

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A new territorial program is coming to the NWT to help non-profit organizations and Indigenous governments with infrastructure repairs and retrofits for early-learning child care centres.

“Many available buildings do not meet the requirements for providing child care and renovations are often very expensive,” says the GNWT, in a press release.

The Early Learning and Child Care Infrastructure Fund will help support communities renovate new and old child care spaces across the territory.

The program is offering up to $500,000 in funding for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

“By helping increase the number of child care spaces in communities through infrastructure upgrades, we are supporting families and creating jobs,” says R.J. Simpson, minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

Organizations interested in funding can apply here.

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.

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