Child Care Health and Safety Grant

The Child Care Health and Safety Grant (HSG 2022) is a one-time payment to help Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) and $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres operate as many licensed child care spaces as possible and offset the additional costs associated with operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSG 2022 will be paid to facilities that were open and operating in January 2022. You do not need to apply for this grant. To receive HSG 2022, CCOF providers must have submitted their January 2022 CCOF Enrolment Report by February 28, 2022. $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres will receive HSG 2022 with their March payment.

Last updated: March 24, 2022

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How the funding works

The Health and Safety Grant is in addition to, and does not replace, any other funding provided by ChildCareBC. This grant supports child care providers to:

  • maintain the safe operation of as many of their available licensed, child care spaces as possible while adhering to current Provincial Health Orders as well as the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings
  • offset operational costs associated with providing child care services throughout recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. staffing backfill, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Funding recipients

Eligible providers will receive $160 multiplied by the facility’s Maximum Capacity for the month of January 2022, as outlined in Schedule A of their 2021/22 CCOF  Funding Agreement or Prototype Site Funding Agreement.

HSG 2022 funding must be spent by March 31, 2023.


Eligible and ineligible expenses

Funding eligible under the HSG 2022 is specifically applied to:

Health and Safety Supplies

  • Personal Protective Equipment - face masks, face shields and gloves
  • Cleaning supplies for people - hand soap, hand sanitizer, hand towels
  • Cleaning supplies for the facility – brooms, mops, detergents/soap, bleach, sanitizers for hard or soft services, or other disinfectants
  • Sleeping supplies including bedding, cots and cribs or sleeping mats
  • Some large and small appliances: washers/dryers, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, ceiling fans
  • Outdoor equipment such as tents, awnings, umbrellas or strollers
  • Some costs related to minor facility renovations such as adding sinks or hand washing stations, items to support increased physical distancing during drop-off or pick-up
  • Some costs related to major facility renovations such as adding an HVAC system, renovating spaces to allow for increased physical distancing during drop- off or pick-up
  • Organization tools: bins for storing children’s items separately, hooks, cubbies

Additional Staffing

  • Increasing staffing complement including staff hours for additional cleaning
  • Backfilling temporary sick leaves
  • Wages to cover leave taken by existing front-line* staff to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine

External Professional Services

  • Hiring contracted cleaners
  • Laundering services
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Maintenance on ventilation and air conditioning systems

Paying off debt incurred during the pandemic

  • Purchases made prior to HSG to comply with PHO guidelines that are still owing, for example playground equipment to facilitate outdoor play

Temporary Relief Measures to Support Families

  • Reduced child care fees.
  • Costs related to some enhanced services such as extending the hours of operation to support local demand (for example, by hiring additional temporary staff)

* Front-line staff are defined as staff who spend 50 per cent or more of their working hours providing direct care to children at the facility, with the remaining hours performing child care related duties

Additional expenses not listed above, may be approved at the Ministry’s discretion

The 2022 HSG is intended to be used for items listed in the eligible expense categories. All other expenses are ineligible, including:

  • Routine operational expenses such as routine rent, lease or mortgage payments
  • Regular program items or materials (books, toys) or surplus/stockpiling supplies
  • Wages or benefits for staff who do not work in a front-line capacity
  • To increase profit or organization surplus
  • Paying off debts (incurred prior to the COVID-19 pandemic or during the pandemic that are not pandemic-related)

 


HSG 2021 funding information

Applications for HSG 2021 are no longer being accepted. Providers in receipt of 2021 funding are required to spend their funding by March 31, 2022, and report how it was spent in their 2022/23 Provider Profile Survey.

Funding eligible under the HSG 2021 is specifically applied to:

Health and Safety Supplies

  • Personal Protective Equipment - face masks, face shields and gloves
  • Personal Hygiene Items - hand soap, hand sanitizer, hand towels
  • Cleaning supplies – brooms, mops, detergents, bleach, or other disinfectants
  • Sleeping supplies including bedding, cots and cribs or sleeping mats
  • Some large and small appliances: washers/dryers, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, ceiling fans
  • Outdoor equipment such as tents, awnings, umbrellas or strollers
  • Some costs related to minor facility renovations such as adding sinks or hand washing stations, items to support increased physical distancing during drop-off or pick-up
  • Some costs related to major facility renovations such as adding an HVAC system, renovating spaces to allow for increased physical distancing during drop- off or pick-up
  • Organization tools: bins for storing children’s items separately, hooks, cubbies

Additional Staffing

  • Increasing staffing complement including staff hours for additional cleaning
  • Backfilling temporary sick leaves
  • Wages to cover leave taken by existing front-line* staff to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Temporary wage enhancements for front-line Early Childhood Educators (ECE)
  • Professional development for front-line ECE staff
  • Other non-monetary compensation for front-line ECE staff such as tokens of appreciation, payment to attend professional learning, improvements to employee benefits

External Professional Services

  • Hiring contracted cleaners
  • Laundering services
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Maintenance on ventilation and air conditioning systems

Paying off debt incurred during the pandemic

  • Purchases made prior to HSG to comply with PHO guidelines that are still owing, for example playground equipment to facilitate outdoor play

Temporary Relief Measures to Support Families

  • Reduced child care fees
  • Costs related to some enhanced services such as extending the hours of operation to support local demand (for example, by hiring additional temporary staff)

* Front-line staff are defined as staff who spend 50 per cent or more of their working hours providing direct care to children at the facility, with the remaining hours performing child care related duties.

Additional expenses not listed above, may be approved at the Ministry’s discretion. 

The 2021 HSG can only be used for items listed in the eligible expense categories. All other expenses are ineligible, including:

  • Routine operational expenses such as routine rent, lease or mortgage payments
  • Regular program items or materials (books, toys) or surplus/stockpiling supplies
  • Wages or benefits for staff who do not work in a front-line capacity
  • To increase profit or organization surplus
  • Paying off debts incurred prior to the COVID-19 pandemic

 


Frequently asked questions

HSG 2022 will provide $160 multiplied by the Facility’s Maximum Capacity for the month of January 2022, as outlined in Schedule A of their 2021/22 CCOF or Prototype Site Funding Agreement.

Examples of Funding:

Example 1:

A licensed group child care provider funded under CCOF has a maximum capacity of 10.

The one-time payment the provider will receive is calculated as follows:

  • $160.00 x 10 = $1,600.00

The child care provider will receive a total one-time payment of $1,600.00.

Example 2:

A licensed group child care provider funded under a Prototype Site Funding Agreement has a maximum capacity of 52.

The one-time payment the provider will receive is calculated as follows:

  • $160.00 x 52 = $8,320.00

The child care provider will receive a total one-time payment of $8,320.00.

For CCOF providers, please report changes to the program as soon as possible. If your Funding Agreement can be modified, your one-time payment may reflect your license or service detail changes.

Yes. For information regarding how to report funding received under the CCOF program and/or through your $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centre on income tax returns, contact the Canada Revenue Agency at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/

A spending report for HSG 2022 may be required at a later date. If a spending report is required, you will be notified. Please keep receipts and records for two years in case of audit.

 

Contact the Child Care Operating Funding Program at 1-888-338-6622 (Option 2) to discuss repayment options.