Children & Child Care

Burnaby is committed to delivering accessible, quality child care and making it straightforward for operators to open child care centres

Children of all ages need the chance to play and learn with their peers. We're committed to providing them with safe, welcoming programs through:

  • City-owned child care centres operated by licensed non-profit societies.
  • New child care centres developed in partnership with Burnaby School District 41.
  • Recreation and arts programs and activities that inspire a lifelong passion to be active and creative.

We also want to help organizations interested in opening a new child care centre with step-by-step instructions.

Quality child care centres

For children, quality child care helps lay the foundation for school success and the ability to play and work well with others. It also helps families balance school, work, and home responsibilities.

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 our civic Community Benefit Bonus Policy, Burnaby has acquired 5 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.

Children's programming

13% of our population is under the age of 14.

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.

Ready, Set, Learn - Sponsored by the BC Ministry of Education and the City of Burnaby, this Burnaby Community Services resource brochure is a comprehensive guide for families with children, newborn to age 12.

City school district partnership to create new child care centres

In 2014, the City and Burnaby School District signed an agreement to build up to 12 child care centres on school sites throughout Burnaby. 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.

So far, these 7 child care centres have opened or are about to open. These centres will be operated by non-profit societies.

Please contact the child care operators at the new centres directly:

 

Name
Operating Partner
# of Spaces Available
Facility Opening

Montecito Children's Centre

7230 Camarillo Place

Burnaby Family Life

0 - infants & toddlers to 36 months

25 - children 2 1/2 - 5 yrs old

2020

Capitol Hill Children's Centre

5750 Pandora St

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

0 - infants & toddlers to 36 months

25 - children 2 1/2 - 5 yrs old

2021

Stride Ave Community Park site next to Stride Community School

Registration for this centre is expected to open in spring 2022. A link to the Operator will be provided soon.

12 - infants & toddlers to 36 months

25 - children 2 1/2 - 5 yrs old

Spring 2022

Marion Learning Resource Centre

7650 Sapperton Ave

SFU Childcare Society

24 - infants & toddlers to 36 months

25 - children 2 1/2 - 5 yrs old

Fall 2021

Westridge Elementary

510 Duncan Ave

Puddle Splashers Child Care Society

12 - infants & toddlers to 36 months

25 - children 2 1/2 - 5 yrs old

2021

Cascade Heights Elementary

4343 Smith Ave

YMCA of Greater Vancouver

12 - infants & toddlers to 36 months

25 - children 2 1/2 - 5 yrs old

2021

Marlborough Elementary

6051 Royal Oak

Burnaby Neighbourhood House

no information

Fall 2021

To locate other licenced child care facilities available in Burnaby

Get Funding for Child Care BC has expanded child care funding to lower fees for families.

The City also supports children in Burnaby through a broad range of recreation activities and programs–including access to the recreation credit, free and low cost and Grade 5 Be Active programs; and through partnerships with Burnaby School District, Fraser Health and other community organizations. The City is an active participant in Burnaby's Early Childhood Development Community Planning Table.

Ready, Set, Learn - Sponsored by the BC Ministry of Education and the City of Burnaby, this Burnaby Community Services resource brochure is a comprehensive guide for families with children, newborn to age 12.

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. Inquiries can be directed to:

Burnaby City Hall (third floor, front counter to planning division)
4949 Canada Way, Burnaby
Phone: 604-294-7400
Fax: 604-294-7986
Email: [email protected]

Where can I locate a child care centre in Burnaby?

Child care centres are located throughout Burnaby–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, you as the child care operator must ensure that the centre operates within the correct zoning district.

Home-based child care, family child care and in-home multi-age child care

Single and 2-family zoning districts

Family child care (maximum of 7 children) and in-home, multi-age child care (maximum of 8 children) are permitted as a home occupation in the following single and two-family residential zoning districts:

  • R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R8, R9, R10, R11 and R12.

In a two-family dwelling (duplex), only one unit is permitted to have a home-based child care, and only if the owner of the other dwelling unit supports the establishment of the home-based child care.

Multiple family zoning districts

Family child care and in-home multi-age child care are also permitted in these multiple family zoning districts :

  • RM1, RM2 and RM3, RM4, RM5, RM6 and RM7

However, the child care centre must be located in a ground floor dwelling unit and have the support of the strata council or the owner or manager of a rental building.

The child care centre application process for home-based child care, family child care and in-home multi-age child care

As part of the Fraser Health Authority application process for licensed family child care or in-home multi-age child care, you need to complete a City of Burnaby referral form. The City reviews the referral form for compliance with zoning regulations (including the number of children on site) and any fire or safety concerns. Here are a few conditions to note:

  • As a child care operator, you must be a resident of the dwelling unit.
  • A home-based child care centre is not permitted in a dwelling unit that has a secondary (basement) suite.
A helpful resource guide

A step-by-step guide for a home-based child care centre in Burnaby provides the steps to follow for opening a home-based child care centre or amending your current licence. In Burnaby, a home-based child care centre is any child care service located in a residential dwelling and operated by the resident of the dwelling.

Group child care, preschool and multi-age child care

Group child care (under 36 months, 30 months to school age, and school age), preschool, and multi-age child care centres for more than 8 children are permitted in the following institutional zoning districts:

  • P1, P2, P3, P5, P6, P11 Public and Institutional Districts.
  • RM1, RM2, RM3/RM3s, RM4/RM4s and RM5/RM5s Multiple Family Residential Districts.
  • C1, C2, C3, C4, C8 (conditional) and C9 Commercial Districts.
  • It may be possible to locate a child care centre in the Comprehensive Development (CD) District but Rezoning is most likely required.
Rezoning application process

An application for rezoning for a child care centre is assessed for its relationship to the surrounding area. Issues to be considered include:

  • lot size,
  • parking requirements,
  • proximity to outdoor play areas and
  • adjacent property uses.

A rezoning application includes a public hearing. At the public hearing, any person who has an interest in the proposed rezoning is given an opportunity to comment on the proposal.

The child care centre application process for Group child care, preschool and multi-age child care

The City of Burnaby reviews the child care centre application for compliance with zoning (including parking requirements) and any fire or safety concerns.

BC Building Code requirements

As a child care operator, you should also be aware of the BC Building Code requirements for child care facilities. We highly recommend consulting a professional architect and/or a professional engineer to review the building for Building Code compliance before signing a lease or purchasing a property.

A helpful resource

Contact us

For more information about zoning for child care centres, please contact or visit the planning department.

Burnaby City Hall (third floor, front counter to planning division)
4949 Canada Way, Burnaby
Phone: 604-294-7400
E-mail: [email protected]

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