Space Creation

Manitoba is committed to improving access to access high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care across the province. Over 3,000 more child care spaces for children 12 and under have opened in Manitoba in the last two years, with thousands more on the way.

Learn more about current programs, projects and financial incentives available to support the creation of new or expanded licensed child care spaces throughout Manitoba:


Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Building Fund – On-going intake
Offers grant funding to capital projects that support the development of community-based child care spaces in a new non-profit child care centre or existing non-profit child care centre that will renovate/ expand their existing centre for the purpose of adding licensed child care spaces for ages 0-12.

Child Care Centre Development Tax Credit Program – On-going intake
Provides a tax credit for private corporations who invest in the creation of new early learning and child care (ELCC) spaces to support their employees and the surrounding community.

Renovation Expansion Grant
Provides capital funding for renovations of existing non-profit child care centres to increase licensed space capacity for infant and pre-school spaces.

Ready-to-Move (RTM) Child Care Project
Launched in late 2022, the RTM child care project offers a collaborative approach to construct a large number of  licensed non-profit child care facilities servicing infant and pre-school spaces under expedited timelines and in areas with a demonstrated child care need.

Child Care Centres in New Schools
Manitoba’s Child Care in Schools Policy requires the consideration of new child care spaces as part of the construction of all new schools, or those undergoing a major renovation. Under the New Schools Guarantee, the province pledged to open 23 new schools across Manitoba over a 10 year span, making child care more accessible for Manitoba families.

School-Based Child Care Centre Expansion Project
Launched early 2023, this project enables schools to develop or expand on-site child care programming including infant, preschool and school-age spaces.

Post-Secondary Child Care Expansion Project
Launched early 2023, this project enables post-secondary institutions to develop or expand on-site child care programming including infant, preschool and school-age spaces as well as construct new innovative Learning Labs.

Child care spaces in Homes
In addition to centres, licensed child care is also available in homes throughout the province and can offer many benefits for both the child care operator and the children, including the ability to access start-up, operating, and various other grant funding opportunities.

For more information, contact:

Capital and Space Development
Early Learning and Child Care Division

Early Learning and Child Care Program 210-114 Garry Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 4V4


Phone: 204-945-0776 Toll-free: 1-888-213-4754 Fax: 204-948-2625 TTY: 204-945-3724

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m