Early Learning and Child Care – Home Child Care Program

Program will start on September 15th, 2021

Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) is proud to offer the Manitoba Metis Federation Home Child Care Program (HCCP) to eligible Métis Citizens in Manitoba. The HCCP is designed to help Métis Citizens overcome the challenge of the financial barriers of starting a licensed home child care program.

Program & Funding Information:
The ELCC department will assist in the licensing, business coaching and provide eligible Métis Citizens with a $40,000 forgivable loan (with a five (5) year commitment) towards the start-up of a licensed home childcare.

10-Week Entrepreneurship & Licensing Program will assist the applicant through the Manitoba Licensing Application Process and provide weekly business workshops to prepare those in the program for overall success.

The purpose of the MMF ELCC Licensed Home Child Care Program is to address the need for childcare spaces in Manitoba by offering high-quality, accessible, and affordable licensed childcare.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant(s) residing in Manitoba for a minimum of six months;
  • Must provide proof of Métis Citizenship with their application, i.e. MMF Metis Citizenship Card or a letter from the MMF CRO department confirming the applicant’s Metis Citizenship Card is in the process of being issued;
  • Must be 18 years of age or older;
  • Must have a mortgage from a mainstream or known financial institution. LRCC or the MMF reserves the right to review the terms and conditions;
  • Priority will be given to ensure fair opportunity to each region in Manitoba;
  • The forgivable loan amount must be registered on the title in second position at the applicants cost;
  • Must complete Provincial Licensing requirements;
  • Ensure family is ready and supportive of this home business opportunity;
  • Complete and submit a licence application to the Early Learning and Child Care Program;
  • Complete the required background checks, including: a criminal record check, a criminal history self disclosure statement and information release consent, a child abuse registry check and a prior contact check with Child and Family Services for applicant and all applicable persons residing in the home;
  • Complete a record of childcare residents/staff for licensed family/group childcare homes for each resident of applicant’s home;
  • Submit two reference checks (individuals that have observed applicant caring for children). These references must be provided by someone other than relatives; and
  • Allow home to be checked for basic health and safety. Applicant’s home is suitable if it has two exits from the first level directly to the outside.


  • A fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, and a first aid kit are all required.
  • All hazardous products must be locked and inaccessible.    
  • Have sufficient space, toys and equipment for the number and ages of children in care.
  • Take a CPR and First Aid training that focuses on children under the age of 12.
  • Have comprehensive general liability insurance.
  • Complete an approved 40-hour course within applicant’s first year of being licensed.
  • Prepare to work with the Early Learning and Child Care Program to have applicant’s home-based childcare program licensed and monitored.

Please submit your completed application to elcc@mmf.mb.ca

Do you have any questions or want more information?
Please join our virtual information session for Citizens on August 19th, from 6:00-7:00PM.

To sign up, please send an email to elcc@mmf.mb.ca with your full name and location (town/city).

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