Recreation Program Guidelines

Child Care Licensing Regulation

Click here to access the most up to date Child Care Licensing Regulation.


Summary of Changes Specific to Recreation
Click here for a summary of the 2007 changes to the Child Care Licensing Regulations that are specific to recreation settings.



There are, however, some financial implications of operating a service that is exempt from the Child Care Licensing Regulation. Funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development Funding is only accessible to facilities that are licensed. This funding includes the Child Care Capital Funding Program, the Child Care Operating Funding Program for emergency repairs, the Child Care Subsidy and the Child Care Resource and Referral Program. Further information on this funding can be found at:


For any issues regarding your licensing status please contact the Medical Health Officer in your region which are broken down by region on the following website:







In January BCRPA issued a statement on behalf of its members on the Child Care Regulatory Review which was sent to the Minister of Health, the Minister of Children and Family Development, the Minister of State for Early Childhood Development, the Deputy Minister of Health and others. As a result, we received assurances that the definition of “child care” would be more clearly stated in the Regulation and that the Regulation would not compromise the accessibility and affordability of recreation programs for children in BC.



Discussion with the Director of Licensing, Ministry of Health continued on a regular basis




In November the renewal of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act Child Care Licensing Regulation was completed. The regulation had a significant impact on the practice and operation of child care facilities. The most notable change that impacted recreation programming was the addition of exemptions specific to recreation programs.




Amendments were made to increase space limits for group facilities that care for school-age children to accommodate the increased demand as a result of the implementation of full-day kindergarten. For additional information on the recent changes to the Child Care Licensing Regulation including the press release issued on June 22nd, 2010 and a FAQ document, please visit: