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Home-based childcare providers offer temporary care for some of the youngest and most vulnerable Calgarians.

As of Jan. 1, 2023, unlicensed home-based childcare providers will require a municipal business license to operate in Calgary. The City of Calgary is implementing the new requirement to regulate private home-based childcare providers and protect the health and safety of children. Private home-based child care provider can apply for their business license online, through myID.

A business license will be required for any private home-based childcare provider who is not affiliated with a provincially licensed family day home agency. The license will require private home-based childcare providers:

  • To be certified in first aid and CPR.
  • Ensure police background checks with vulnerable sector searches are conducted for providers, employees, and all individuals 18 years and older who live in the home.

A new license for childcare providers will be $172 plus the cost of police check(s) which are $65 for the first adult and $55 for each additional adult and/or employee in the home. Anyone who applies between Dec. 27, 2022, and March 16, 2023, will not have to pay fees for the business license or for the police check and vulnerable sector search.

In addition, Parents will be able to confirm if their child’s day home provider is licensed through the Business Map tool, a new online registry launching in the new year. The registry will include the operator’s name, the business type, and the community where the day home is located. No physical addresses will be included on the registry.

Day home operators and parents can learn more about the new licensing requirements, or search for a licensed day home provider on the registry (starting in February) by visiting: 

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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