In the province of British Columbia there is legislation to protect children receiving care in licensed community care facilities. This legislation is the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and Child Care Licensing Regulation. Individuals providing care to more than two children, not related to them, are required to be licensed.
It is illegal in the province of British Columbia for an individual to care for more than two children not related to them by blood or marriage, with one exception:
- An individual may care for one sibling group not related to them by blood or marriage.
Please contact your local Licensing Office if you have any questions related to your child care arrangement.
Care is defined as supervision that is provided to a child through a prescribed program.
Licensing Officers inspect, license and monitor over 1,000 licensed child care facilities at Island Health.
Contact your local Licensing Office.
As of May 2017, our electronic incident report form is live and available for use by licensed Child Care facilities across the island to submit their reportable incidents to Licensing.
If you submit your reportable incidents to Licensing electronically, please print out a copy for your own records and a copy to send to your funding body (if applicable). When you hit submit, the electronic incident report form is sent to Licensing only. If you have submitted an electronic incident report form, you do not have to send a hard copy of the form to Licensing.
Access the electronic Incident Reporting form.
How to use the e-Incident Form
Electronic Incident Form FAQs
Information Sheets (pdf)