Request an Exemption
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​1. What is an exemption and what is its purpose?

An exemption is a temporary release from a requirement of legislation. An exemption gives Licensing Officers and Medical Health Officers flexibility and the discretion to consider unique situations.

The Community Care and Assisted Living Act allows the Medical Health Officer (Licensing Officer) to grant an exemption from a requirement of the Act or Regulations if satisfied that,
  • there will be no increased risk to the health and safety of persons in care, and 
  • the exemption meets prescribed requirements
A Medical Health Officer (Licensing Officer) may attach terms and conditions to the exemption and suspend, cancel or vary an exemption that has been granted.​

2. What can be exempted?

Any requirement of the Child Care Licensing Regulation except those sections listed in Schedule A

3. How do I apply for an exemption?

Applications should generally be submitted 4 weeks in advance.  Submit all information via email, fax, mail, or in person to Licensing Direct (see #6).

  • Your exemption application will be reviewed and you will be contacted within 5 working days if more information is required
  • We will make a decision on your application within 5 working days of it being completed

Provide the following information:

  • Facility name, licensee and manager name, facility address, type of care and capacity 
  • Health and Safety plan which shows that there will be no increased risk to the health and safety of persons in care if the exemption were granted 
  • The section of the legislation or the Director of Licensing Standards of Practice from which you are requesting the exemption and the length of time you would like the exemption for.  Please provide a start and end date for your request.

Additionally, please explain:

  • How parents have been informed of the exemption application and given opportunity to provide comments
  • Your plan for informing the parents or guardians if the exemption is granted 
  • If you are requesting a temporary placement or retention of a child or, a staffing exemption request, please see #4 and #5.

4. Temporary Placement or Retention of a Child

Please provide additional information:

  • Child's name and date of birth 
  • The names and ages of all other children enrolled in the daycare 
  • Child to staff ratio and staff qualifications with assurance that staff to child ratio and group size will not change 
  • A description of why the exemption is in the best interests of the child 
  • A Program plan to address the needs of children

5. Staffing Exemption Request

  • A description of efforts made to recruit appropriately qualified staff 
  • Note that this is a request for exemption from Section 34(2)(b) and Schedule E of the Child Care Licensing Regulation.
  • Name of the proposed exempted staff member
  • Training plan for the proposed exempted staff member
  • Current training and experience to support the exemption

6. What ways can I send in my exemption request information or contact a licensing officer?

Phone: 1-877-980-5118
Email: Contact us by email 
Fax: 250-868-7760
Mail or visit:
   505 Doyle Avenue
   Kelowna, BC
   V1Y 0C5


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