Niverville introduces daycare operating grants
In a bid to help licensed daycares in Niverville offset expenses or get their business off the ground the Town of Niverville set aside $20,000 in one-time grants for those who need a little extra cash for their business.
Mayor Myron Dyck said the $2,000 first come, first served grants were established to help.
“We’re just trying to do a little something for now to try and just promote daycare in the area,” he said.
For daycare spaces needing extra money or ones wishing to begin operating in town a one-time, $2,000 grant is available through the town to pay for expenses or start up costs. If a daycare opts to take in more children to care for they are also eligible for the grant.
Dyck said Niverville isn’t alone in struggling to operate daycares.
“Anywhere in the province, doesn’t matter which leader I talk to from which community, their concerns are daycare spaces,” he said.
According to the 2021 census, Niverville’s population is 5,947. Of that, 540 are ages 0-4.
According to Niverville CAO Eric King, only three licensed daycares currently operate in town.