Overview

Grant funding for new licensed child care spaces

The Alberta government is focused on building capacity in licensed child care. The Space Creation Grant will help enable up to 68,700 total new licensed spaces to be created by 2026. This includes 42,500 non-profit and 26,200 private (for-profit) spaces.

Applications for Space Creation Grant funding are open to new or existing licensed non-profit groups, private operators or family day home agencies interested in creating new licensed child care spaces.

Creation of spaces will be targeted in areas of high need and high demand for child care spaces through the following categories:

  • expanding existing or creating new licensed non-profit and private facilities in locations identified as child care deserts (communities where there is limited to no child care)
  • expanding existing or creating new licensed non-profit and private facilities where there is high demand
  • existing and new family day home agencies creating spaces in child care deserts (communities where there is limited to no child care) and areas of high demand

Areas of high need are determined based on child care coverage rates in the province. 

Per space amounts

Per space grant amounts provided to eligible recipients will be up to:

  • $6,000 per space for new licensed facilities in child care deserts (communities where there is limited to no child care)
  • $5,500 per space for new licensed facilities where there is high demand
  • $5,000 per new space for existing licensed facilities where there is high demand
  • $1,350 per space for new or existing family day home agencies in communities where there is high need or high demand

Application status

Applications are being accepted.

How to apply

Complete the application form on the Alberta Purchasing Connection (APC) portal. The portal has a number of resources to assist vendors in setting up a profile.

Supports are available after a vendor profile has been created on the APC portal. These include a line-by-line process document, as well as a mailbox link that can be used for specific questions.

Apply for the grant