Federal-provincial child care agreement

On November 15, 2021, the Alberta and federal governments announced an agreement to reduce child care fees by an average of 50% in early 2022 and to provide $10 per day fees, on average, by 2026. Learn more about this historic agreement.

Licensed facility-based child care

Home-based child care

Licensed home-based child care

Unlicensed child care

  • Unlicensed child care programs can provide child care for up to 6 children, not including their own, at any given time. We do not monitor unlicensed or private child care arrangements but can issue closures if they are over this limit.
  • Unlicensed child care programs can apply to the rapid testing program for employers and service providers to receive free rapid test kits for use in their centre-based COVID-19 screening program.
  • Unlicensed child care operators are encouraged to follow the child care guidance where appropriate.

Enhanced sanitization

  • Enhanced sanitation practices should be used by all home-based child care providers, whether they are licensed or unlicensed:
    • routinely clean and disinfect any surface that people regularly touch
    • handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer must be available to children
    • visitors and children should not enter if they are feeling unwell
    • visitors should wash their hands frequently

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