Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), 2014

Phase 2 regulations implementation timeline

The following chart shows the various implementation dates for new "Phase 2" regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA). Note that: 

  • Changes regarding fees for a licence come into effect on July 1, 2016 (Section 81(1)(2) of Ontario Regulation 137/15)
  • Requirement for service system plans (Section 87.1 of Ontario Regulation 137/15) comes into effect on August 29, 2016; however, service system managers would be required to have revised plans in place beginning January 1, 2019 on a go forward basis
August 29, 2016
January 1, 2017
September 1, 2017
Funding (Ontario Regulation 138/15) Updated provisions that reflect current funding and reporting practices, including removing and replacing cost share amounts with cost share maximums (Sections 1, 6 and 7).    
Licensing Clarity (Ontario Regulation 137/15) Authorized Recreation Programs (Phase 1) (Section 3.1): Programs may operate for up to 3 hours if the program is:

  • Operated by a school board, First Nation, the Métis Nation of Ontario, or a municipality
  • Operated by the YMCA or Boys and Girls Club of Canada
  • An Ontario After School Program funded by Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS)
  • A member of a provincial sports or multi-sport organization recognized by MTCS
  • Operated by an MTCS agency or attraction
  • Authorized by the local service system manager or First Nation provided that the program supports the health, safety, and well-being of children

More information is available on the ministry's Recreation Fact Sheet.

The transition regulation which carried over the long-standing policy that exempts children's recreation service providers recognized under Regulation 797 will no longer apply. Any program under this transitional exemption will require a licence if it does not meet the exempt or excepted circumstances set out in the Act or its regulations. (Section 3(1) paragraph 4). Authorized Recreation Programs (Phase 2) (Section 3.1): Phase 1 programs (listed at left) must meet the criteria set out in legislation under section 6(4) for authorized recreational and skill-building programs (e.g. only serve children age 6 years and older).
Enforcement (Ontario Regulation 137/15) Additional prescribed offences come into effect. (Section 88.1) New administrative penalties come into effect. (Tables 1 and 2 in Section 78). See the ministry's Enforcement Fact Sheet.  
Term of a Licence

(Ontario Regulation 137/15)

New provision setting out a term of a licence may be up to two years. (Section 85.2)    
Licensing Standards - Home Child Care and Health & Safety (Ontario Regulation 137/15) Removal of home visitor cap for home child care agencies. (Section 6(5))

New sleep supervision and position requirements (Section 33.1).

Amended requirements regarding first aid certification (Section 58(2) & (3)), prohibited practices (Section 48), allergy postings (Section 43(3)), furniture for sleep in home child care (Section 27(3)(2)).

Requirements in regulation for serious occurrences (Section 38), playground safety (Section 24(4)(5)), and bodies of water in home child care (Section 30.1).

New immunization exemption forms must be used for new staff, new home child care providers and newly enrolled children (Section 57(3 and 4) & Section 35(2 and 3) respectively). Any objection/exemption that was to have been on file prior to August 29, 2016 but is missing must be replaced with one of the new ministry-approved forms.

  New requirements regarding emergency management (Section 68.1)

New requirements regarding children with medical conditions (Section 39.1).

New, standardized immunization forms must be submitted to licensees for any staff employed at a centre, home child care providers contracted with a home child care agency (Section 57(5)) and children enrolled (Section 35(4)) prior to August 29, 2016.

Licensing Standards - Age Groupings & Ratios (Ontario Regulation 137/15) The requirement to separate infants not able to walk from other children during active indoor and outdoor play has been removed. (Section 47(1)(a))

No reduced ratios permitted during outdoor play across all age groups, as per existing policy. (Section 8(4)3)

New upper age limit for Kindergarten age: category is 44 months or older but younger than 7 years (Schedule 1).

In addition to early childhood educators, individuals working in groups serving only children ages 9–12 years are considered as qualified staff (without requiring director approval) if they have a degree or diploma in child and youth care, or in recreation and leisure services, or are members in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. (Section 54(2))

Mixed-age groups: Existing requirements remain with the exception of the following:

Mixed age approval may be granted by the director in more than one room.(Section 8(2))

Mixed age approval in kindergarten age groups may be granted by the director for up to 25% of younger children who are 3 years old, or if the child care is provided on or after the first day of school in a calendar year, will attain the age of 3 in that year, and all other children are kindergarten children. (Section 8(3)2).

  Optional new model for age groupings and ratios under Schedule 2 as outlined in the Fact Sheet on Age Grouping, Ratios, Group Size and Staff Qualifications.

Complementary regulatory provisions for programs licensed under Schedule 2 including:

  • Exceptions for proportion of qualified staff (Section 54(3)).
  • Use of mixed-age grouping (Section 8(3)(2)).
  • Reduced ratio requirements (Section 8(4)).
  • Play activity space exceptions (Section 16(4)).
  • Play activity room and sleep area requirements for infant/toddler groups (Section 17(1)(a.1)).
  • Space for dressing and changing diapers for preschool groups (Section 19(2)(2)).

Optional new "family age grouping" permits placement of children in different age groups together in the same play activity space. (Section 8.1 and Schedule 4) For more information see the Family Grouping Fact Sheet.

Changes that are applicable to both Schedule 1 and Schedule 2, including around reduced ratios where not less than two-thirds of the required ratio permitted for licensed full day programs up to 90 minutes after the centre opens and one hour before the centre closes and during the rest period (Section 8(4)4). For licensed programs that operate less than six hours, reduced ratios are permitted for up to half an hour after centre opens and half an hour before centre closes (Section 8(4)5).

Miscellaneous Regulations (Ontario Regulation 137/15)

Amended requirement around renewal dates of offence declarations (Section 62(2)).

Regulatory requirement around supervision of students and volunteers (Section 11.1).

Requirement for certain number of resource teachers is amended (not mandatory) (Section 10(1).

New requirements around implementing, reviewing, updating etc., policies and procedures, and individualized plans for children (S.6.1).

New requirements related to screening other persons at a centre come into effect (Section 61.1).

Before- and/or after-school programs are required to include at least 30 minutes of outdoor time each day (Section 47(1.1)).

Requirements around policies and procedures for addressing parent issues and concerns come into effect (Section 45.1).

Before- and after-school programs for 6-12 year olds

(changes under Ontario Regulation 221/11 of the Education Act).

    Regulations require that, starting with the 2017-18 school year, before- and after- school programs for 4-12 year olds are available at every publicly funded school serving children from JK – Grade 6 where there is sufficient demand.