But developing new centres is expensive, so Mahdy says a $350-million capital expansion plan will use a partnership model that’s emerged only recently. The YMCA, the city and developers jointly fund construction wherever it’s a possibility.
“We are also finding that as we work with more and more developers, they are looking for how they can include child care in their developments as a community asset,” says Mahdy.
He points out plans for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre include a 77,000-square-foot YMCA facility that will be at the heart of a new urban neighbourhood that’s expected to add some 25,000 people around the recently opened subway station.
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