On October 31, 2017, First Call sent a letter to the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix to ask why the minimum outdoor play space per child as determined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation was reduced from 7 square metres for licensed child care programs to 6 square metres. First Call requested details about this change from his ministry, and for the minimum outdoor play space per child to be increased. Click here to read the full original letter.
Sue Bedford, Director of Community Care Facility Licensing and Assisted Living Registry, responded to this letter on February 22, 2018. Here is an excerpt from the letter, in response to asking why the changes were implemented:
The 2016 Child Care Licensing Regulation amendments were made in consultation with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, in response to concerns about the high cost of real estate in British Columbia, and the negative impact that this has on creating additional affordable child day care spaces.