Amendments have made to the Child Care Regulation under The Community Child Care Standards Act - Schedule A that support an increase to operating grant funding and the implementation of the new 2022-2023 Early Learning and Child Care Wage Grid, effective July 1, 2022.
For more information, see section notices, circulars and webinars

Centre-Based Child Care

The establishment of new licensed early learning and child care centres will help meet the need for more licensed services for Manitoba families.

Groups and organizations can work with the Early Learning and Child Care Program to obtain information on licensing, funding, and how to open a new early learning and child care centre.

Opening a New Licensed Child Care Centre

If your group or organization is considering a new early learning and child care centre, consider the following steps:

  • visit existing early learning and child care centres and talk with operators to see and learn what’s involved

  • participate in an information session provided by the Early Learning and Child Care Program

  • conduct a community feasibility study

  • get informed about legislation requirements, including staffing requirements, zoning and fire requirements and public health requirements

  • assess financial viability

  • select a site and work on a design plan

  • establish budgeting and accounting practices

  • write policies and procedures

  • submit a licence application

Legislative Requirements

All licensed child care in Manitoba must follow The Community Child Care Standards Act. The Act defines the types of child care situations that need licensing. Its regulations ensure that child care in licensed centres and homes meets minimum standards.

For more information on legislation and requirements for operating an early learning and child care centre in Manitoba and information on recommended best practices, please review the Best Practices Licensing Manual for Early Learning and Child Care Centres.

Provincial Funding

The main grant provided to early learning and child care centres is the annual operating grant. Centres that are eligible for operating grant funding must be incorporated as non‑profit organizations or cooperatives, and must meet criteria of governance, board composition and financial accountability. Other grants that may be available include:

  • training grants for staff
  • start-up grants to purchase equipment
  • grants on behalf of children with additional support needs and the staffing needs related to their care

The Early Leaning and Child Care (ELCC) Building Fund provides capital grant funding support to capital projects that support the development of community-based child care spaces in new non-profit child care centre or existing non-profit child care centre that will renovate/ expand their existing centre for the purpose of adding child care spaces. For more information, please contact the Facility and Capital Development Analyst at Child Care Grant Funding at

Information Session

All parties interested in opening a new licensed early learning and child care centre must attend an initial information session provided by the Early Learning and Child Care Program. To sign up for an information session, please call Child Care Information Services at 204-945-0776 or toll-free 1-888-213-4754 or email

Early Learning and Child Care Program 210-114 Garry Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 4V4


Phone: 204-945-0776 Toll-free: 1-888-213-4754 Fax: 204-948-2625 TTY: 204-945-3724

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m