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Esquimalt MFRC Finding Child Care in Victoria

Greater Victoria has a variety of child care options.  However, there are significant shortages for infants and toddlers (children under 3 years of age). Child care is more readily available for preschool and school-aged children. Out of School Care programs are offered at some schools and recreation centres throughout the region.

Please note: it is strongly recommended that you start your search early no matter the age of your child.

It is important to get your name on as many child care waitlists as soon as possible. Sign up on as many waitlists prior to your move or before your baby arrives.

Finding child care links

1. Child Care Map of British Columbia - Parents can search for licensed child care facilities by city, by address and by license category  

2. Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) - This service provides guidance, support, funding information, resources and referral services for child care providers and parents in all communities within the province of B.C. 

3.  Finding Quality Child Care - This website provides information for parents in Canada looking for quality child care that's affordable and meets the needs of their families.

4.  Province of British Columbia - Learn about different types of care and find a provider in your community.

Affordable Child Care Benefit / Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative

The Affordable Child Care Benefit(ACCB) helps families with the cost of child care, depending on factors like family size, type of care and household income. Use online estimator to see if you are eligible and apply online at

The Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative(CCFRI) lowers the cost of child care for parents each month. Parents do not need to apply for the program. Child care providers must opt-in to receive funding to reduce fees.