UBC Vancouver Child Care Expansion Plan

UBC has long been a leader in the provision of quality child care and is the largest provider of on-campus child care in North America. The supply of child care space has steadily increased over the last 40 years, with most spaces prioritized for UBC students, staff and faculty. However, similar to regional trends, there are steady wait lists at UBC for child care spaces. 

UBC is committed to expanding child care on campus as the campus community grows. In 2009, the UBC Child Care Expansion Plan was approved by UBC’s Board of Governors to guide the planning, development and operations of child care on campus for both academic and neighbourhood lands based on the anticipated growth of the community. 

This update to the UBC Child Care Expansion Plan provides a revised framework to deliver on UBC’s child care policy commitments and addresses both long-range institutional needs for child care and projected neighbourhood demand. The framework was developed through a detailed analysis of projected demand from the growing residential community and UBC’s financial and operating capacity for expansion. An implementation strategy is also included in the plan that will be reviewed every five years, or as required, to respond to changing policy, including UBC Land Use Plan updates. 

The plan includes child care targets that reflect a balanced approach to expansion: one that ensures that the pace of growth is both in step with maintaining UBC’s quality of child care and is based on available funding to build and operate child care at UBC. It also takes into consideration the current provincial and federal child care funding structures and policy. Targets will be reviewed every five years, or as required, to align with any changes in policy including changes in future development in neighbourhoods or if capital plans change.

The plan sets 5-year targets (to 2024) and long-term targets (from 2025-2041):

1. 5-year Targets (to 2024)

  • Meet 15% of the infant/toddler/preschooler estimated unmet child care need by 2024.

2. Long Term Targets (from 2025-2041)

  • Meet 20% of the infant/toddler/preschooler estimated unmet child care need by 2041

Unmet child care need is estimated using the UBC Child Care Planning Tool which takes into consideration 1) UBC child population living on campus as well as child dependents of students, faculty and staff; 2) labour force participation rates; 3) projected residential growth; and 4) number of child care spaces available.