Ready-to-Move (RTM) Child Care Project

Manitoba's 2023-26 Action Plan under the Canada-Manitoba Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement allocates targeted investments towards capital development of new regulated non-profit infant and preschool child care spaces in higher need communities. As of July 2023, Manitoba has provided a total investment of $120-million from both the governments of Canada and Manitoba for two phases of the ready-to-move child-care project to create 1,970 new child-care spaces in 25 rural and First Nations communities.

Under the agreement, Manitoba is targeting the development of 23,000 new full time child care spaces by March 31, 2026, and capital grant funding is allocated to support the creation of 5,890 new child care spaces.

The RTM child care project offers a collaborative approach to construct a large number of child care facilities servicing infant and pre-school spaces within the province under expedited timelines and in areas with a demonstrated child care need. RTM construction technology allows the development of high-quality new facilities built under controlled conditions before they are moved to the final site and placed on a permanent foundation. Under this initiative, RTM construction costs will be fully funded under the Canada-Manitoba Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement in exchange for land, servicing and free rent for the child care operator.

In November 2022, Manitoba announced the creation of nine new child care facilities across Manitoba. Communities selected in phase one, include:

  • RM of Headingley – Headingly
    (completed 74 spaces, opened August 2023)
  • RM of Macdonald – Oak Bluff
    (completed 74 spaces, opened October 2023)
  • Town of Stonewall
    (completed 74 spaces, opened November 2023)
  • RM of Ritchot - Ile des Chênes
    (completed 74 spaces, opened September 2023)
  • RM of St. Clements – East Selkirk
    (completed 74 spaces, opened November 2023)
  • RM of Morris – Rosenort
    (completed 74 spaces, opened December 2023)
  • RM of Whitemouth – Whitemouth
    (completed 74 spaces, opened September 2023)
  • Rural Municipality (RM) of Portage la Prairie/City of Portage la Prairie
    (completed 74 spaces, opened January 2024)
  • Peguis First Nation - East St. Paul
    (construction beginning May 2024)

The Expression of Interest for phase two closed in December 2022 with a project expansion to create an additional 16 RTM facilities. 

Five RTM facilities will be completed by Spring 2024, eight will be completed by Fall 2025 and three will completed by Spring 2025. These projects will create 682 new child care spaces for Manitobans.

Communities selected include:

  • RM of Tache – Lorette
    (completed 74 spaces, opened February 2024)
  • RM of Ritchot - Saint Adolphe
    (completed 74 spaces, opened February 2024)
  • RM of MacDonald - La Salle
  • RM of Rockwood - Stony Mountain
  • RM of Brokenhead - Tyndall
  • Rural Municipality (RM) of Hanover – Kleefeld
  • Town of Morris
  • City of Morden
  • RM of Sifton - Oak Lake
  • RM of Argyle - Baldur
  • Town of Melita
  • Town of Ste. Anne
  • RM of Wallace-Woodworth - Elkhorn
  • Lake St. Martin First Nation
  • Norway House Cree Nation
  • City of Dauphin

To get an idea of just how quickly RTM structures can be built, watch the following time-lapse videos from the Phase One RTM child care centre installations.

  • RM of Ritchot - Ile des Chenês: Two-day installation of the exterior walls and roof
  • RM of St. Clements - East Selkirk: Three-day installation of floor, wall, and roof

Our thanks to Pretium Projects Ltd., Design-Builder for Phase One RTM Pilot Project who provided the two videos of Phase One construction along with their expressed permission to share.

View previous RTM Child Care Centre Projects in Manitoba:

Bright Beginnings Educare

Happy Rock Children's Centre Inc.

Roblin Children's Centre Inc.

Russell's Lots-A-Tots

Early Learning and Child Care Program 210-114 Garry Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 4V4


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