The province is investing $20 million in one-time grants to support licensed child care providers with additional pandemic-related costs.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development announced the 2022 Health and Safety Grant on Monday.

These funds can be used to buy cleaning supplies, sanitizer or masks, to hire an external company to clean, or additional staff to cover absences due to illness and to meet local needs, the ministry said.

Licensed providers who are open and regularly receiving provincial funding will get a grant of $160 per space based on the facility’s maximum capacity.

The ministry will calculate the grant and provide it to operators who receive Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) and those participating as $10-a-Day ChildCareBC sites. The grants will be issued in early to mid-February.

“Making sure that child care centres continue to be safe spaces for children and professionals is a top priority,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care.

“That’s why, since spring 2020, we have provided more than $320 million in temporary emergency funding and, with this, more than $73 million in health and safety grants. We will continue to support child care providers to navigate the pandemic as we work toward our ChildCareBC plan to make child care a core service available to every family that wants it, when they need it, at a price they can afford.”