Closing an early learning service temporarily
If your service is unable to operate or remain open for a short period of time, your licence can be suspended until your service resumes operating.
Notifying the Ministry of closure
If a service needs to close, service providers must let the Ministry know when and for how long their service(s) will be closing.
Failure to notify the Ministry of a closure is a breach of the Education Act 1989 and the ECE Funding Handbook.
Services do not need to notify the Ministry of a temporary service closure due to a statutory or provincial holiday. Hospital-based services are also exempt from this requirement.
You should contact your regional Ministry office if you have a service that is closed or closing.
Not all services will need to close permanently when there is a change in circumstances that impacts the service’s operation.
If a service is unable to operate for a set period of time, the service may request to close temporarily until the circumstances of the closure are resolved.
Examples of when services may request to close temporarily include:
- major renovations to service premises or facilities
- low enrolment or staffing numbers
- unavailability of the service provider contact person for a significant period of time.
Regional staff will decide whether a licence will be suspended or cancelled once a closure is confirmed with the Ministry. A maximum time period will apply for all suspensions. This will not exceed six months except in exceptional cases.
A licence suspension due to a temporary closure is not a disciplinary action. It is a way to place a licence ‘on hold’ for a service that is unable to provide for the education and care of children at the present time.
A suspended licence is intended to be revoked once the service is able to resume operation and comply with the conditions in the suspension notice.
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