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Frequently Asked Questions

How many children can I care for in my home without a licence?

A person may care for their own children and 2 children that are not related to them by blood or marriage. 

How many children can I care for in my home with a licence?

This will vary.  The type of licensed child care facility a person opens will direct the number of children allowed to be cared for at one time.

How do I open a child care facility?

There are a number of steps to take and things you will need to consider.  Please, contact your local Community Care Licensing Program operated through your Health Authority for information and assistance. The licensing office will explain the licensing process and provide you with further instructions and/or an information package.

Is there a cost or a fee to become licensed?

There is no cost for the licensing process and receiving a licence, however there may be some associated costs, such as criminal record checks, first aid, orientation material, business licence etc. Your local Community Care Licensing Office can provide you with more detailed information.

What types of child care facilities are there?

The Child Care Licensing Regulation lists specific types of care programs. They are:

  • Group Child Care (30 months to school age),
  • Group Child Care (under 36 months),
  • Groups Child Care (school age),
  • Preschool,
  • Family Child Care,
  • In-Home Multi Age Child Care,
  • Multi Age Child Care, and
  • Occasional Child Care.

Do I need a criminal record check?

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General holds the responsibilities of criminal record checks under the mandate of the Criminal Records Review Act. Anyone who works with children or who has unsupervised access to children must submit to a Criminal Record Check. The act helps protect children from individuals whose criminal record indicates they pose a risk of physical or sexual abuse. Learn more about the Criminal Records Registry.

Where can I find information about fire and life safety for my home based child care?

The public education program of the Office of the Fire Commissioner provides leadership in fire safety education, with provincial initiatives such as the Getting To Know Fire Program and National Fire Prevention Week activities.

Where can I find a list of recognized Early Childhood Education training institutes?

The Ministry of Children And Family Development is designated to uphold the duties and responsibilities of the Early Childhood Educator Registry. View training institutes.

Is there any funding available to help me start up my child care business?

Visit the Ministry of Children and Family Development website for more information.

How do I obtain or renew my Early Childhood Education Certificate?

Visit the Ministry of Children and Family Development website for more information.

What types of residential care facilities are there?

The Residential Care Regulations list differing types of care programs such as:

  • Long term care facilities for seniors,
  • Mental health and substance use treatment facilities
  • Hospice
  • Community living facilities for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Acquired injury facilities, and
  • Residential facilities for children and youth

How do I open a residential care facility?

There are a number of steps to take and things you will need to consider. Please contact your local Community Care Licensing Program operated through your local Health Authority. The licensing staff will explain the licensing process and provide you with further instructions and/or an information package.

What is the difference between Assisted Living and a Licensed Community Care Facility?

Assisted living residences provide housing and a range of supportive services, including personalized assistance, for seniors and people with disabilities who can live independently but require regular help with day-to-day activities. Persons who live in assisted living must be able to make decisions on their own behalf. They will receive one or two “prescribed services” The Community Care and Assisted Living Regulation lists the "prescribed services."

Persons who reside in a licensed community care facilities are dependent on the operator for three or more “prescribed services.” In licensed community care facilities persons may not be able to make decisions on their own behalf.

What is the role of the medical health officer?

The medical health officer is mandated under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act to issue a license to operate a community care facility, inspect premises operating as community care facilities, revoke, suspend, cancel or attach terms and conditions to a licence and investigate every complaint of an unlicensed community care facility being operated and investigate every complaint that a community care facility is being operated that does not fully comply with the Act and regulations.

What is the role of a licensing officer?

A licensing officer is delegated to carry out duties on behalf of a medical health officer, and helps to protect the health, safety and well being of person in care by monitoring compliance with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and regulations. Licensing officers conduct, facility inspections, and provide education and, guidance to operators. Each facility is monitored and assessed on a case-by-case basis. Licensing officer must also deal quickly and effectively with situations that pose a risk to persons in care.
 
How can I contact a licensing officer?

Contact your local Community Care Licensing Program operated through your Health Authority:

How do I determine what Health Authority I am part of?

View a map showing the health authorities on the Ministry of Health website.

What role does the Ministry of Health play in Licensed Community Care Facilities?

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the development and implementation of legislation, policy, and guidelines to protect the health and safety of people being cared for in licensed facilities. The Ministry also provides support to the health authority community care licensing programs and staff. Community care licensing programs are administered locally by medical health officers and licensing officers, who are responsible for direct service delivery throughout the province. 

Medical health officers and licensing officers inspect and monitor licensed facilities in order to promote the health, safety and well being of people living in or using community care facilities.

What is the role of the Director of Licensing?

The director of licensing is appointed by the minister to carry out specified duties and holds explicit powers under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, and has an overall stewardship role for the provincial community care licensing program.

What role does the Ministry of Children and Family Development play in Licensed Community Care Facilities?

The Ministry of Children And Family Development is designated to uphold the duties and responsibilities of the Early Childhood Educator Registry. The director of the ECE Registry issues, suspends, attaches terms or conditions to Early Childhood Education certificates. The director also approves and monitors training institutes to offer Early Childhood Education programs

Where can I find a list of licensed child care or seniors care facilities?

Contact your local Community Care Licensing Program.