Making a Complaint About a Licensed Child Care Facility
If you are concerned about the health, safety or well-being of a child in a licensed child day care facility, please make a complaint immediately. Complaints can be made to your local Health Authority Community Care Facility Licensing office.
If you are concerned that a child care provider may be caring for more than two children or a sibling group, not related to them, without a licence, you may file a complaint with your local Health Authority Community Care Facility Licensing office.
When making a complaint, please give as much as information as you can. Please include:
- name of the provider,
- location (address) of the program, and
- a description of your concern.
Who to Contact to Make a Complaint
Contact your local Health Authority Community Care Facility Licensing Office. You do not have to give your name to make a complaint.
Fraser Health Authority
Central Intake: 604.587.3936
(Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody)
Island Health Authority
Campbell River: 250.850.2110
Interior Health Authority
Licensing Direct: 1-877-980-5118
Salmon Arm: 250.833.4100
Williams Lake: 250.302.5000
Northern Health Authority
Dawson Creek: 250.719.6500
Fort St. John: 250.263.6000
Prince George & Smithers: 250.565.2150
Vancouver Coastal Health
Powell River: 604.485.3310
North Shore: 604.983.6700
Licensed Child Care Complaint Process
Generally, once a complaint is received:
- The licensing officer will determine if your complaint falls under the scope of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act.
- If your complaint is under the scope of the Act, an investigation will be conducted.
- The facility will be told there is a complaint and given an opportunity to correct the situation. (Note: Licensing does not reveal the name of someone who makes a complaint, if anonymity is requested.)
- If the investigation reveals non-compliance with the Act or its regulations, the facility will be required to correct the situation and ensure future compliance.
- You will not be provided with the outcome of the investigation, however you may request a summary.
Your complaint will be handled as quickly as possible. Some complaints can be resolved with in a matter of days. Other complaints may take longer if they are complex.
Some complaints, may involve other agencies such as the Ministry for Children and Family Development or the RCMP.
Except as described below, Community Care Facility Licensing does not reveal the name or personal information of someone who makes a complaint.
However, if the investigation results in action taken against the facility licensee or if the issue is taken to the Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board or is handled as a criminal matter, information or documents you supply may be used and may become public information.
Visit your regional Health Authority Website to learn more about Community Care Facility Licensing.