Canadian child care: Preliminary results from a national survey during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Friendly, M., Forer, B., Vickerson, R., & Mohamed, S. S.
2 Jul 2020
ISBN: 978-1-896051-68-0

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ACCESS Overview and provincial/ territorial data [PDF]
ACCESS appendix [PDF]

ACCESS Highlights report [PDF] (The pandemic experience has created an uncertain future for Canadian child care services: Highlights of a national survey)

In June 2020, CRRU published a Highlights report of a cross-Canada survey of regulated child care centres and family child care homes conducted in May 2020. The purpose of this survey was to learn about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on early learning and child care provision, finances, and concerns for the future. The information can be used to support the recovery of regulated child care services' pre-COVID capacity and to begin to construct a more solid, sustained, evidence-based early learning and child care system for all Canadians.

The June report provides details of the survey highlights; while the purpose of this Preliminary Results report is to make the descriptive data collected by the survey publicly available. This report provides the survey data by province/territory in table form as well as additional comments provided by respondents, also provided by province/territory.

The report is provided in two ways below:

  • as the full report including both the survey data and the appendix and
  • in two separate parts – the survey data and the appendix.

Note that this Preliminary Results report is available only in English, although all additional comments provided in French have been left in French.

Related resources:

In 2021, the research team published an article—COVID-19 and childcare in Canada: A tale of ten provinces and three territories—on the Journal of Childhood Studies using this survey's dataset. 

In May 2021, the CRRU conducted a follow-up survey on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on child care services one year after the first survey. The report—One year later: Follow up results from a survey on COVID-19 and child care in Canada—was published in 2022.

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