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Unlicensed daycare details

The B.C. government says they intend to do more about unlicensed daycares in the province and will go so far as to post details online.

Under proposed changes to the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, inspection reports and substantiated complaints about unlicensed daycare providers would be accessible online for a minimum of five years.

Right now parents only have information about licensed daycare facilities, which are limited to routine inspections or follow up visits.

“It is absolutely required. It absolutely brings more transparency,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix, who introduced the bill in Victoria on Tuesday.

The announcement comes more than a year after the death of Macallan Wayne Saini, or "Baby Mac," the 16-month-old died at an unlicensed daycare in East Vancouver. Charges are still being considered against the operator of that facility.

"For everyone who heard the story of that case, the need for reform, the need for transparency was profound," Dix said.

Katrina Conroy, Minister of Childcare and Family Development called what appeared to be a lack of transparency and lack of enforcement “unacceptable,” and now promises to make unlicensed daycare records easily accessible to all parents, following Ontario's lead.

“The bottom line is we want to make sure child care is safe in this province,” Conroy said Tuesday.

If the bill becomes law, it would require local health authorities like Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health to publish summaries of inspections and substantiated complaints online, and include operators’ names, business names, and addresses.

-with files from CTV



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