Table 3 
Parent/guardian reasons for using main child care arrangement, household population aged 0 to 5, Canada 

Parent/guardian reasons for using main child care arrangement, household population aged 0 to 5, Canada
Number – Children% – ChildrenLower limit (%) – 95% confidence interval1Upper limit (%) – 95% confidence interval1
Location 837,313 60.7 58.7 62.6
Characteristics of the individual providing care 724,746 52.5 50.5 54.5
Hours of operation 570,321 41.3 39.4 43.3
Affordable cost 553,902 40.1 38.1 42.2
Program characteristics 479,013 34.7 32.9 36.6
Recommendation or own research 339,507 24.6 22.9 26.4
My other children have gone there 279,944 20.3 18.6 22.1
To keep all children in the same arrangement 268,555 19.5 17.8 21.2
Only option available 217,997 15.8 14.4 17.4
Other 161,593 11.7 10.4 13.2
Ability to meet child's special needs 52,782 3.8 3.1 4.8
None of the above 29,610 2.1 1.6 2.9
Note(s):
Reasons do not add up to 100% because parents could select multiple reasons.
Source(s):
Survey on Early Learning and Child Care Arrangements (5287).
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