05/10/2012 02:58 EDT | Updated 07/10/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan announces where it will create 500 new childcare spaces

REGINA - Saskatchewan is announcing where it will spend cash to create 500 new childcare spaces in 15 communities across the province.

The government has earmarked $6 million for the program, which aims to provide more quality childcare for families.

The communities that will benefit include Regina, Carlyle, Dalmeny, Grenfell, Moose Jaw, Oxbow, Prince Albert, Tisdale, Saskatoon, Shellbrook, Stony Rapids, Swift Current, Qu'Appelle, Watson and Yorkton.

Funding for the daycare spaces was included in the government's spring budget.

Education Minister Donna Harpauer says since the Saskatchewan Party formed government, the number of childcare spaces has increased by 42 per cent.

She says the total number of licensed childcare spaces in the province is now 13,240.

"Increasing the number of high-quality licensed child care spaces for Saskatchewan families is a priority of this government," Harpauer said.