We want to hear from you! New Child Care Facility at Ranger Park

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Child care service is a key piece of social infrastructure and an integral component of complete communities. In recent years, the Town of Smithers has taken an active stance to address local child care challenges, beginning with the development of a Child Care Plan in 2021 & then working internally and with community partners to put the plan into action. Visit the Town’ Child Care Plan Webpage to learn more about the Town’s Child Care Plan and the Child Care Plan Implementation project.

Based on the provincial coverage targets, there is a current child care space gap of just over 200 spaces in Smithers. The impact of the existing coverage gap is increasingly manifested across various sectors, impacting the staffing levels of local businesses and service providers and the availability of critical services. Currently, with an intent to create new child care spaces in the community, the Town is considering establishing a new child care facility at a Town-owned location, 100% funded by the Province, through the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund Program. Ranger Park has been identified as a potential location for the new facility (see Schedule A). At the January 23, 2024, Regular Meeting, Town Council directed that community and neighbourhood engagement be completed prior to proceeding with the grant application for a new child care facility at Ranger Park. As the next step, the Town intends to gauge community’s support for this proposal.

As a resident of the neighbourhood or a community member, you have the following options to share your feedback:

  1. Complete the community survey  – The survey will be open until February 16, 4:30 pm.
  2. Stop by a community drop-in on Thursday, February 15 anytime between 3:00 - 7:00 PM at the Town Hall This will be a family-friendly engagement session with fun activities for the younger ones!

An engagement report summarizing the feedback received from the neighbourhood residents and public will be provided to Council at the February 27, 2024 Regular Meeting. For further information, please contact the Development Services Department at (250) 847-1600 or devserv@smithers.ca.

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