Last week, I published an article sharing advice on using cloth diapers in daycare. Since there’s a lot of misinformation out there about what is allowed by law (a lot of it spread by the daycares themselves), I included links to the daycare regulations for each state in the US. I hope that this information has been helpful to families who are trying to find daycare providers that will accept cloth diapers.
And to my Canadian friends: I have not forgotten you! Below you will find the results of my research on the use of cloth diapers in daycare in Canada.
Excellent news! Not a single province or territory in Canada disallows or restricts the use of cloth diapers in daycare.
Three provinces specifically mention cloth diapers as acceptable: New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Saskatchewan. They all get props for that, but at the same time, I had to chuckle because they all talked about the proper use of diaper pins! (For example: “If safety pins have been used to fasten the diaper, close them and put them out of the child’s reach. Never put the pins in your mouth.”)
Get with the program, government people. Diaper pins are so two generations ago.
Regulations for Daycares in Canada
Click on any link to view the current regulations for daycares. Please note that I have only included a link to the group daycare regulations, which are generally more stringent than those for in-home daycares. Once you have opened the document, hit CTRL+F and search for the word “diaper” to quickly find the pertinent section(s).
- Alberta: Not Disallowed
- British Columbia: Not Disallowed
- Manitoba: Not Disallowed
- New Brunswick: Specifically Permitted
- Newfoundland & Labrador: Specifically Permitted
- Northwest Territories: Not Disallowed
- Nova Scotia: Not Disallowed
- Nunavut: Not Disallowed
- Ontario: Not Disallowed
- Prince Edward Island: Not Disallowed
- Quebec: Not Disallowed
- Saskatchewan: Specifically Permitted
- Yukon: Not Disallowed
I hope that you find this information useful. I’m not Canadian, so if I’ve missed anything obvious or important about the use of cloth diapers in daycare in Canada, please leave me a comment below!