Letters and Submissions

Letter from Minister Adrian Dix – Response to follow up on outdoor play space regulations


On November 2 2017, First Call sent Minister Dix a letter asking for more details about this change from his ministry, and for the minimum outdoor play space per child to be increased.

Sue Bedford, Director of Community Care Facility Licensing and Assisted Living Registry, responded on Minister Dix’s behalf on October 31, 2017, explaining that “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.”

We then sent a letter to Minister Dix on behalf of our Early Childhood Development Roundtable on Septmeber 19.

On November 26, 2018, we received a letter from Sharon Stewart, Executive Director of Primary Community Care and Policy Division. Sharon explained that the “changes 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.”

“Should the opportunity to review the Child Care Licensing Regulation arise as a result of the Childcare Plan BC, we will ensure this issue is reviewed at that time.” – Sharon Stewart, Executive Director of Primary Community Care and Policy Division