Community care regulation
In British Columbia, community care is defined by the Government of British Columbia, and requirements for care are outlined in provincial laws. Community care is divided into two primary categories: child care and community care homes. Within community care homes, there are a number of more specific types of care determined by the circumstances of the individual in care.
In order for child care facilities and community care homes to operate legally in B.C., they must obtain a licence. To be licensed, these facilities must follow laws and regulations outlined in the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, and the Child Care Licensing Regulation or the Residential Care Regulation (which governs community care homes). Please note, residential care is a term that is still in use for community care homes.