Victoria has been labelled a “daycare desert” by many young families. There aren’t enough childcare spots to support our growing families. It’s a constant worry and source of anxiety for many. Waitlists for childcare can be 18 months long. This means families must apply for childcare 6 months before the child is even born.
Many issues fall under provincial and federal jurisdiction, but municipally, I am advocating for childcare spaces to be created on city property. Also, I want to ensure zoning and permits are not delayed and the city is not a barrier for new childcare spaces to be developed after due diligence for the health and safety of our children is taken.