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Children and Child Care

Burnaby is committed to delivering a high quality of life for all its residents including its youngest citizens.

The City recognizes the critical social and economic role quality child care plays in community well-being and is committed to assisting in the creation of a comprehensive and inclusive child care system in Burnaby. The City's Child Care Policy outlines this commitment.

Through the City's Community Benefit Bonus Policy, the City has acquired five City-owned child care centres that are operated by non-profit societies. As well, the City supports child care services and programs in Burnaby through its Child Care Resources Group.

The City also supports children in Burnaby through a broad range of recreation activities and programs and through partnerships with Burnaby School District, Fraser Health and other community partners. The City is an active participant in Burnaby's Early Childhood Development Community Planning Table and the Burnaby School Age Initiative.

Modular Child Care Centre

Burnaby School District and City of Burnaby Child Care Facilities Memorandum of Agreement

In 2014, the City and Burnaby School District signed an Agreement to build up to 12 child care centres on school sites throughout the City. Under the Agreement, the City will provide capital funding through its community benefit bonus funds, the School District will provide land, and locally-based non-profit organizations will operate the centres.

The first two centres: Montecito and Capitol Hill will be opening fall 2020. Each centre will provide 25 paces for children ages 30 months to school age. For registration information, please contact the child care operators directly:

A third child care facility is being planned for the Stride Avenue Community Park site next to Stride Community School. It will be open to the public in 2021 and will have 12 spaces for infants and toddlers (under 36 months) and 25 spaces for children 30 months to school age. 

Building on the Agreement, in July 2020, the City provided a one-time capital grant of $5,574,800 to the School District to finance 160 child care spaces for children ages 5 and under as part of the District's plan for before and after school spaces on school sites. These new spaces will be available in fall 2020. For registration information, please contact the child care operators at the new centes directly:

  • Marion Learning Resource Centre, 7650 Sapperton Avenue - 24 spaces for infants and toddlers (under 36 months) and 25 spaces for children 30 months to school age - SFU Childcare Society
  • Westridge Elementary, 510 Duncan Avenue, 12 spaces for infants and toddlers (under 36 months) and 25 spaces for children 30 months to school age - Puddle Splashers Child Care Society
  • Cascade Heights Elementary, 4343 Smith Avenue, 12 spaces for infants and toddlers (under 36 months) and 25 spaces for children 30 months to school age - YMCA of Greater Vancouver
  • Marlborough Elementary, 6051 Royal Oak - Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Opening a Child Care Centre

Groups and individuals interested in opening a child care centre, including a home-based child care centre should consult with the Planning and Building Department.

Where can I locate a child care centre in Burnaby?

Child care centres are located throughout Burnaby. They are located in people’s homes, in buildings specially designed as child care centres, in commercial or residential buildings that have converted space into child care centres, or in other spaces such as rooms in churches and other places of worship. To operate licensed child care in Burnaby, the child care operator must ensure that the centre operates within the correct zoning district.

Contact Us

For more information about zoning for child care centres, please contact the City of Burnaby’s Planning Department at 604-294-7400 or visit the front counter of the Planning Department on the third floor of Burnaby City Hall.

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