17.0.1. The holder of a childcare centre permit must obtain the written authorization of the Minister before acquiring or leasing premises for the permanent relocation of a facility operated under the permit. The written authorization of the Minister must also be obtained by a permit holder to increase the number of children beyond the maximum indicated on the permit or to modify or increase the permit holder’s territory of operation.
Every other permit holder that receives a grant under this Act must obtain the same authorization to increase the number of children beyond the maximum indicated on the permit.
The permit holder shall apply for authorization in writing and the Minister shall make his decision within 90 days of receipt of the application.
The Minister may refuse to grant authorization, in particular, if all places giving entitlement to financial assistance have been allotted in the territory concerned or where the Minister considers that the proposed change does not address the needs and priorities identified by the Minister considering, among other factors, the permit applications and other applications for authorization under the first paragraph in respect of which the Minister has yet to make a decision.