Topic Overview

In Canada, licensing standards for child care centres vary by each individual province. General provisions for licensing address these issues:

  • Health and safety requirements
  • Ways of dealing with a child's negative behaviour
  • The number of staff that are needed to safely care for the children
  • Training requirements for staff
  • Type of equipment needed
  • Requirements for daily program
  • Types of food services needed for children of different ages

Standards vary widely by each province. And how each province monitors and enforces guidelines also varies greatly.

Accreditation from an independent or provincial organization may help ensure that a family or group child care centre meets basic quality standards, even if your province exempts these types of child care from licensing.

For detailed information on provincial child care licensing, see the Other Places to Get Help section of the topic Choosing Child Care.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics

Current as ofNovember 20, 2015