The City of St. John’s is taking steps to reduce restrictions and the amount of red tape to go through for people who wish to open a daycare.
Parts of the province, including metro, are experiencing a crunch in child care spaces with people on a wait list for months or years.
St. John’s is expected at a future council meeting to expand the zoning categories where home daycare businesses with capacity for seven or fewer children are legally allowed to operate.
Councillor Maggie Burton has first-hand experience with the child care shortage.
She says the city needs all types of daycare in different neighbourhoods—not just in commercial and institutional zones.