Child Care

The City of Richmond recognizes that child care is an important service for its residents, is an essential need for working parents and supports parents who are pursuing their education. A key goal of the City’s commitment to child care is to promote the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive child care system.

New Child Care Strategy

The City of Richmond is developing a new 10 year Child Care Strategy. This new Strategy will identify current and future needs for child care in Richmond and set recommendations and actions to help address these.

We want to hear from Richmond residents, parents, guardians, caregivers and child care providers, to share their thoughts and ideas about child care in Richmond.

Visit from Oct 23 to Nov 26, 2023 to complete the survey.

Take the survey

If you need help completing this survey, email

Municipal Jurisdiction

The City of Richmond demonstrates its commitment to child care by partnering with other levels of government and the private and non-profit sectors to create child care spaces, and through the following initiatives:

Child Care Development Policy

Provincial Jurisdiction

The Provincial Government is responsible for child care legislation, policy, facility licensing, fee subsidies to low-income families, and program support. Visit the BC Ministry of Education and Child Care for information on the child care subsidy, principles of child care in British Columbia and guidelines for municipalities to support local child care needs.

Visit the BC Government’s Choosing Child Care in BC for for information on selecting child care in BC.

Federal Jurisdiction

Education and child care fall primarily under provincial jurisdiction, and the federal role is limited largely to the transfer of funds to provincial and territorial governments for early childhood programs and services. The federal government also provides the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) to families with children under the age of 18 years.


Program Manager, Child Care and Youth
Community Social Development 



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