Child Care Operating Funding

Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) is available for eligible licensed providers through CCOF Base Funding, the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) and the Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement (ECE-WE).

This funding is available to:

  • assist with the day-to-day costs of running a licensed child care facility
  • reduce fees for parents
  • enhance early childhood educator wages

Participation in CCOF Base Funding, CCFRI and ECE-WE is optional. However, enrolment in CCOF Base Funding is required to apply for CCFRI and ECE-WE.

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 Eligibility Requirements and Details

CCOF Base Funding assists with the day to day costs of running a licensed child care facility. This funding helps child care providers maintain quality child care for the community.


CCOF Base Funding is available to licensed Family and Group child care providers.

Read more about CCOF Base Funding.

The CCFRI enhances child care affordability by offering funding to eligible, licensed child care providers to reduce and stabilize monthly child care fees. Child care providers must apply to receive funding. Parents do not need to apply.

Organizations can choose to apply for the CCFRI at any time during the CCOF Funding Agreement term. However, the ministry encourages organizations to opt in to the CCFRI right away, as the CCFRI supports providers in reducing the monthly child care costs by up to $900/month per child for families in their care.


Providers approved for CCOF Base Funding can apply for the CCFRI if they have any of these eligible care categories:

  • Group infant/toddler care (Under 36 months)
  • Family infant/toddler care (Under 36 months)
  • Group care for children aged 3 years to kindergarten
  • Family care for children aged 3 years to kindergarten
  • Group and Family care for children in kindergarten

Starting September 1, 2023:

  • Group and Family care for Grade 1 to age 12
  • Licensed Preschool

Read more about the CCFRI.

As part of the B.C. government's Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy, Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) working in licensed child care facilities receiving Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) are eligible to receive a $4 per hour wage enhancement.

Child care providers need to apply and be approved to participate in order to receive funding.


Child care providers who receive CCOF Base Funding and have opted in to the CCFRI (if eligible) can apply for the ECE Wage Enhancement. Facilities that are not eligible for the CCFRI are still eligible to receive the ECE-WE without participating in the CCFRI (as long as all other eligibility criteria are met), until September 1, 2023 when all CCOF-eligible care types are eligible for CCFRI. $10 a Day ChildCareBC Centres are also eligible.

All ECEs, including those who are also owner/operators of a licensed child care facility, are eligible for the wage enhancement if they are directly employed by a licensed child care facility that meets the child care provider requirements above.

Read more about the ECE Wage Enhancement.