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Smithers seeks feedback on improving childcare

A survey is currently open and a drop-in session (Jan. 6) and virtual meeting (Jan. 8) are scheduled

The Town is looking for community feedback on how to improve childcare in Smithers.

The shortage of childcare spaces has been an ongoing conversation, with the Smithers Child Care Plan completed in 2021. The current implementation project intends to define gaps and come up with tangible solutions.

In an initial survey, respondents stated affordability and long waitlists are the biggest barriers to accessing care. The implementation project proposes a revitalization tax credit and zoning bylaw amendments, as well as other initiatives.

The implementation project is in its fourth and final stage, which includes community consultation on the policy package before preparing a final report for council to review. The Town is interested in receiving feedback from childcare providers, non-profits and local businesses.

The feedback survey, which can be found on the Town’s website, is open until Jan. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

A community drop-in session will be held at the Old Church on Jan 6. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The in-person session is family-friendly, with snacks available.

There will also be a virtual gathering, the link for the virtual gathering can be obtained by emailing until Jan. 8 prior to the session.

The virtual gathering will be hosted on Zoom on Jan. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m.

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About the Author: Morgan Powell, Local Journalism Initiative

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