MB, Canada invest over $70M to create new child-care spaces in rural, First Nations communities

More than 1,200 new child-care spaces will be created in Manitoba’s rural and First Nations communities, thanks to joint funding of $70M from the federal and provincial governments. The funding will support the creation of modular child-care facilities that will be created in or transported to communities such as Portage la Prairie and Peguis First Nation. The buildings for the first nine communities are expected to be fully open by next summer, while the sites for the last eight facilities will be identified by the spring. “Families living in rural areas face unique child-care challenges, especially if the nearest child-care centre is far from their home or there aren’t enough children nearby to make a full-time care centre sustainable,” said federal parliamentary secretary Ya’ara Saks.

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