Information for Providers
Amendments to the Employment Standards Act allow B.C. workers three hours of paid leave to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
This information is to assist child care providers and operators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last updated: July 23, 2021
On this page:
- Health and safety of child care providers
- Early childhood educators
- School-aged children
- Government response
Federal Funding Programs
The federal government also provides the following options for Canadian businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Canada Recovery Benefit – if eligible, you can receive $1,000 for a 2-week period
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – available to employers that are experiencing a decline in revenue
Funding Supports for Businesses
A compiled list of COVID-19 Supports for Businesses is available. Please contact support providers directly for eligibility and application details.
Funding for prototype sites
As of September 1, 2020, Childcare BC Universal Prototype Sites are expected to follow the terms of their original funding contracts.
If you have unforeseen costs due to COVID-19, please contact the Ministry directly to discuss these needs in detail.
Refer to the Health & Safety Information page for more detailed information and guidance issued by the Ministry of Health.
Provider Liability for COVID-19 Transmission
According to the Liability Order issued by the Attorney General, child care providers cannot be held liable if an employee or child is exposed to the COVID-19 virus. However:
- This protection only applies to providers who are following public health guidance and other applicable regulatory bodies
- Providers should familiarize themselves with the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Facilities and the WorkSafe BC protocols for child care and day camps
- The order will remain in effect for as long as the state of emergency remains and until any relevant limitation periods have expired
- Businesses remain liable for everything else for which they would have been liable before
In this challenging and unprecedented time, we encourage employers to be as flexible as possible in supporting their staff with individual concerns related to COVID-19, while also balancing the needs of families requiring child care.
- In the event a staff person is unable to attend work due to COVID-19, the employer and employee should discuss the most appropriate path forward
- Sites may need to temporarily reduce service levels if there are not enough staff and ECEs available to provide care
Students, families, teachers and staff should plan for a full return to the classroom in September. Current health and safety measures must be followed for the remainder of the 2020/2021 school year, including summer school.
Please refer to COVID-19 safe schools for more information on the 2021/2022 school year.
Our response continues to be guided by the direction of Dr. Bonnie Henry, our Provincial Health Officer. Child care centres can safely care for children by following the latest public health protocols.