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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

2014 Child Care Facilities Memorandum of Agreement

Under this agreement, negotiated in October 2014, up to 12 child care centres could be built on school sites throughout the community. The City would be responsible for the capital costs of developing the centres, the School District would provide land, and locally-based non-profit organizations would operate the centres.

Since 2014, the City and School District have conducted a detailed review of available school sites.

The City and School District are currently working to install modular child care facilities on the first two school sites: Capitol Hill Children's Centre (25 spaces for 3 to 5 year old children) and Montecito Children's Centre (25 spaces for 3 to 5 year old children).

In May 2019, the School District will initiate a Request for Proposal process to find a local non-profit child care provider to operate each centre. The child care provider for each site will be responsible for the enrollment process for the centre. It is expected that the centres will be open early in 2020. 

A third child care facility is being planned for the Stride Avenue Community School site. It will be open to the public in 2021 and will have 12 spaces for children under 3 years old and 25 spaced for children 3 to 5 years old.

Please check back at this site for updates on the process.

Opening a Child Care Centre

Groups and individuals interested in opening a child care centre, including a homebased 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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