2015 Licensed Child Care Operators Survey Report

In 2015, the Ministry of Education completed its second online survey of the licensed child care sector. This report provides a provincial summary of the survey results, along with regional profiles (all centres and agencies) and Francophone regional profiles (all French-language centres).

The response rate was very high. More than 4,500 child care centres and home child care agencies participated (90 per cent completion rate).***

The first survey, in 2012, provided valuable information which informed important child care and early years policies and programs. As the child care landscape continues to evolve, the 2015 data will allow the ministry make evidence-based decisions about policies and programs. It also helps the ministry work together with its early years partners to achieve strong outcomes for children and families.

***Data was collected over a 14-week period, from April 13to July 17, 2015. Responses were submitted online. Respondents were asked to provide information accurate as of April 1, 2015. As such, all information provided reflects the Day Nurseries Act (DNA), as the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and its regulations came into effect on August 31, 2015.

Overall Summary of Results

The 2015 Licensed Child Care Operators Survey Report was completed by 90% of licensed child care centres1 (4,537 of 5,068) and 94% of home child care agencies (114 of 121). The results do not include centres and agencies that opened or closed after March 2015.

Completion Rate of Survey


Based on the responses from licensed child care centres (4,537):

  • 78% were non-profit
  • 55% were located in publicly-funded schools
  • 1% was operated in a First Nation community
  • 5% were French-language programs

Based on the responses from licensed home child care agencies (114):

  • 90% were non-profit
  • 2% of agency offices were located in publicly-funded schools
  • 1% was operated in a First Nation community
  • 4% were French-language programs
  • 4,160 home providers were reported to be associated with responding agencies to provide licensed home child care

1. Licensees that operate multiple centres completed a survey for each of their centres.