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Child Care Subsidy - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Child care subsidy?

Child care subsidy helps with the cost of licensed child care. It is available to families of children from birth to 12 years of age in licensed child care programs.

Call the Child Care Directory and Information Line at 905-875-0235 or visit them on the web at thrc.ca (external link) for child care options close to your home or preferred location.

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Who can get child care subsidy?

You can get child care subsidy if you are:
  • Living in Halton; and
  • Working, attending school or a training program; and
  • Eligible financially ($) for child care subsidy.
    This means we need to check your income. You must complete an Income Test to find out if you qualify. You will be asked to bring copies of your most recent:

NOTE: You must file your taxes on time

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How do I apply?

  • Call Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, and ask for the child care subsidy program.
  • An intake staff will call you back to discuss eligibility. Have your Notice of Assessment of Canada Child Benefit (external link) ready for the call.
  • You will be given a checklist of the documents you need to provide to be added to the waitlist.
  • Please note that eligibility for child care subsidy is based on your family's income.
For more information or questions, please contact us.

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Am I eligible? Do I qualify?

  • We will use Line 236 of your most recent Notice of Assessment to determine if you qualify for child care subsidy.
  • This means that you must file an income tax return to apply for child care subsidy. 
  • Child care subsidy calculator

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What if my child has a disability or special need?

Parents of children with special needs may be eligible for child care subsidy for children under 13 years of age.

Call Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, and ask for services for children with special needs.

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What If I don’t speak or read English? Are interpreters available?

  • When you call, let the Intake staff on the phone know that you need an interpreter.
  • We will get and pay for an interpreter for you.
  • It is important that you understand all the information at your appointment.
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Is the office accessible?

  • All Regional offices are wheelchair accessible.
  • You can use the Region’s TTY line (905-827-9833) to contact us if you have a hearing impairment.
  • At Halton Region, we strive to make our customer service more accessible. Please let us know if you need any other assistance.

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