Amended regulation under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Summary of Decision:
O. Reg. 137/15 (General) under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) was amended to provide additional supports to the child care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. The amendments are:
All licencing application, renewal and revision fees are set to $0 during the emergency closure period and for a period of 6 months thereafter.
The terms of licences set to expire during the emergency closure period are extended.
Other Time Sensitive Requirements
Requirements for licensees to obtain updated vulnerable sector checks for existing child care centre staff and home child care providers and their families, if applicable, will not apply during the mandatory closure period and for a period of 60 days thereafter.
The requirement to have valid first aid recertification will not apply during the mandatory closure period.
These regulatory amendment took effect on May 8, 2020.
As per subsection 84 (6) of the CCEYA, the Minister of Education made a decision that the public consultation requirements set out in that section should not apply to this regulation on the basis that the urgency of the situation required the regulation be made without public consultation.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The amendments support Emergency Child Care Centres and assist in stabilizing the child care system that will be critical to all families once the mandatory emergency closure order is lifted.
Summary of Proposal:
Child Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Branch
Ministry of Education
315 Front Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 0B8
May 8, 2020