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In Ontario, individuals may look after five or fewer children under 10 years of age without a licence - in addition to their own children - if in their own home. This applies regardless of the number of adults present at the location. Informal (unlicensed) child care arrangements are made between the parents and the caregiver.

What is the ministry's role?
Parents should be aware that in Ontario unlicensed child care providers are not licensed or inspected. As a result, they are not required to meet provincial standards. It is up to parents to research, choose and monitor their child care arrangements.

What information can I find in the registry of unlicensed child care violations?
The registry provides information on violations, where unlicensed child care providers have been found to be:

  • providing care to more than five children under 10 years of age
  • and/or
  • providing private-home day care at more than one private residence without a licence.
The information in this registry will be updated on the 1st and 15th of every month.

Please note: only violations that have been verified by the ministry will be found in this registry. It is up to parents to research further about their child care options.

How does the registry work?
The registry will allow you to search for violations that have been verified by the ministry from January 1st, 2012, onward through the:

  • Provider's name
  • Provider's business name and/or
  • Provider's address

Click the link below to find out if there are any violations against your unlicensed child care provider:

How to report a complaint or inquire about a violation?
Parents and the public can call toll-free 1-844-516-6263 to:

  • report a violation where a child care provider they suspect is:
    • providing care for more than five children under 10 years of age, in addition to their own children, without a licence and/or
    • providing private-home day care at more than one home without a licence.
  • learn more about the status of a violation.

Where can I get more information?

Visit Ontario.ca/childcare for more information on finding the right child care for your family.

Find a licensed child care near you through Ontario.ca/licensedchildcare

Visit Questions to ask Agencies and different Child Care Providers to explore questions you may want to ask of an Agency or Child Care Provider

Find the contact information for your closest Ministry of Education - Child Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Regional Office through www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/offices.html

To find out more about other supports and resources for families with young children, such as Parenting and Family Literacy Centres and Ontario Early Years Centres, visit www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/choices.html




- Last Modified - 2018-02-20 14:04:41 PM