Opening a Licensed Child Care Program

Visit the Ministry of Children and Family website for information on opening a licensed Child Care Program.

Ministry Grants and Affordable Child Care Benefit

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has financial programs available to provide support for both child care providers and families.

Check out Financial Assistance for Child Care through MCFD, for more information on the Affordable Child Care Benefit and other financial supports for parents.

If you are a child care provider looking for financial assistance in British Columbia please see “Running a Daycare or Preschool” for more information.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development offers several programs to help create and maintain child care spaces in B.C.

Start-Up Grants: Becoming a licensed child care facility.  One time start-up grants are available to help child care providers who are not already licensed pay for the costs associated with getting a community care facilities license for family or in-home multi-age child care.

Child Care BC New Spaces Fund: Create New Spaces.  The Child Care BC New Spaces fund is helping to fund the creation of new licensed child care spaces throughout BC in the following categories: Group Child Care (under 36 months), Group Child Care (30 months to school age), Group Child Care (School Age), Preschool, Multi-Age Child Care, Family; and In home Multi-Age Child Care.

Childcare BC Maintenance Fund: Maintain, Repair or Relocate your Facility: The Childcare BC Maintenance Fund helps licensed Child Care facilities address maintenance issues that may impact children’s health, safety, or well-being, or cause a facility to close.  The fund also assists with relocation costs, if the relocation is required for the provider to remain in compliance with requirements under the community care and assisted living act.

Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF):  Assists with the day-to-day costs of running a licensed child care facility

Operate a Child Care Business