Percentage of children 0 to 5 years of age for whom there is a regulated full or part-time centre-based child care care space, Canada, 1992-2014

1. PEI introduced publicly-funded part-day kindergarten in September 2000 within the regulated child care system. In September 2010 kindergarten moved to the public education system. For the purpose of comparison with other jurisdictions, the number of children attending part-day kindergarten only has not been included in totals. Therefore, PEI’s figures for 2001, 2004, and 2006, 2008 and 2010 are not comparable to those of previous years
2. Nursery schools (part-time) are not regulated in Quebec, Saskatchewan and the Yukon, and so are not included in these figures.
3. Quebec’s figures include school-age spaces which are under the aegis of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
4. Neither an age breakdown nor an estimate is available for Ontario for 1995. The 1992 figure is used in calculating the totals
5. This figure has been amended to include the new information for New Brunswick.
*This figure is inconsistent with data in ECEC in Canada 2006 (Childcare Resource and Research Unit), which was reported in error as 29.4% due to the inclusion of school-age spaces.
**This number was calculated for children 0-4 years old so 2012 figures are not directly comparable to earlier figures in PEI, NB and BC. In these provinces, 5 year olds are now included in school-age child care spaces, not in the preschool-age category (this has also been the practice in Quebec for some years).

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from Friendly, M., Grady, B., Macdonald, L., & Forer, B. (2015). Early childhood education and care in Canada 2014. -accessed July 24, 2017.

The percentage of young children under 6 for whom there is a regulated full- or part-time centre-based child care space available has increased since 1992 – in fact it more than doubled between 1992 and 2014.

However, in 2014 there were still only regulated full- or part-time centre-based spaces for 24% of children under 6.