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Fee subsidies for child care are available to eligible families living in Halton Region. Learn about how to qualify and apply for child care fee subsidies in Halton Region

IMPORTANT

Due to significant demand for the child care subsidy, there are currently higher than normal wait times. To learn how to apply for the subsidy or start the application process, see below.

Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System

On March 28, 2022, the Federal and Provincial Governments announced a new funding agreement that will reduce the average cost of child care in Ontario.

The Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) System will be implemented in phases over the next few years to reduce the cost of child care to an average of $10 per day by 2025.

Families will pay lower fees if their provider chooses to enroll in the CWELCC system, and their children are eligible.

If a child care provider enrolls in the program in 2022, families with eligible children will:

  • have their child care fees reduced by 25%;
  • receive a 25% rebate of the child care fees they paid since April 1, 2022; and
  • have their child care fees lowered further by January 1, 2023, totaling a reduction of 50% on average.

If a child care provider enrolls in the program in 2023, families will have their fees reduced by 50% on average for their eligible children, but will not receive any rebates for previous fees paid.

The Province will introduce additional fee reductions in 2024 and 2025. Fees will be reduced to an average of $10 per day by 2025.

Current status in Halton

All licensed child care providers were required to notify Halton Region of their intent to opt-in to the CWELCC System by November 1, 2022.

Halton Region is actively enrolling providers into the CWELCC System and providing funding to approved child care providers so they can lower fees for families.

Eligible families will receive their rebates and fee reductions before the end of 2022 if their provider enrolled before November 1, 2022.

Eligibility

Only families with eligible children enrolled in participating child care programs will receive lower fees. If your licensed child centre or licensed home child care agency does not participate, your provider is not required to lower child care fees.

Age criteria

Only children under the age of six in participating licensed child care programs are eligible.

  • Children who are six years old are eligible until June 30 of that calendar year.
  • Children who turn six years old after June 30 are eligible until the last day of the month of their birthday.

Families receiving fee subsidy

If your family receives fee subsidy, you are eligible to receive a fee rebate and reduction in your parental contribution for children under the age of six. Your child care provider will issue your rebate. Your child care representative at Halton Region will contact you to let you know your new parental contribution.

If your provider does not participate in the CWELCC System, you will continue to receive your current fee subsidy without any change to your parental contribution.

Approved child care providers

For a list of child care providers in Halton approved to participate in the Canada-wide system, please select your community below.

  • Acton's Early Learning Child Care Centre
  • Little Leaders Licensed Home Child Care Agency (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Wee Watch Milton (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - MS Bennett Acton
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Robert Little School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - St. Joseph School Age
  • Alton Kids Child Care Center
  • Alton Village Before and After School Program
  • Ashwood Glen School Inc.
  • Brant Children's Centre
  • Brant Children's Centre - Burlington Baptist
  • Brant YMCA Child Care Centre
  • BrightPath Burlington
  • Burlington Children's Centre
  • Burlington Montessori Preschool - St. Lukes
  • Burlington Montessori Preschool - Tansley
  • Centre Copains-Copines
  • Childventures Early Learning Academy (Burlington)
  • EPUC Child Care Centre 
  • EYES Childcare Burlington 665
  • Fairview Glen Montessori
  • First Steps Learning and Child Care Centre
  • First Years Montessori 
  • Hopedale Montessori School - Orchard Road Campus
  • Kidlogic Burlington
  • Kids & Company - Burlington Children's Centre
  • Kids & Company - Burloak
  • Kids & Company - Burloak 2
  • Kids & Company - Monkey See Monkey Do Appleby Campus
  • Kids & Company - Monkey See Monkey Do Beacon Hill 
  • Learning Blocks Montessori Inc. 
  • Les Coccinelles - Renaissance
  • Little Leaders Licensed Home Child Care Agency (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Montessori Preschool
  • Muppets Co-operative Preschool
  • Parkview Children's Centre - The Orchard School
  • Pearson Community Co-op Nursery School Inc.
  • Ressel School @ Willowbrae Academy
  • Small Wunders Child Care
  • St. Christopher's Preschool Inc.
  • Summerhill Day School Ltd.
  • The Orchard Children's Centre
  • Tiny Hoppers Burlington South
  • Today's Family - Caring for Your Child -  JW Boich Before and After School Age Program
  • Today's Family - Caring for Your Child - Brant Hills
  • Today's Family - Caring for Your Child - Child Development Centre - Burlington
  • Wee Care Educational Services
  • Wee Care Educational Services Inc.
  • Wee Watch Burlington (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Woodland Children's Centre Ltd.
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - Canadian Martyrs School Age Child Care Program
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - Charles Beaudoin
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - Kilbride SACC 
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - Lakeshore SACC 
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - Makwendam
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - Rolling Meadows SACC
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - St. Anne's Child Care Centre
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - St. Christopher 
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - St. Patrick's School Age Child Care Program
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - St. Timothy's YMCA Child Care Centre
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - Tansley YMCA Child Care
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - Tecumseh SACC
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA - Tansley Woods (Extended Camp Care)
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Ascension
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Central
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Dr. Charles Best
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Florence Meares
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Frontenac
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Glenview
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Holy Rosary
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - John T. Tuck
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - King's Road
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Maplehurst
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Mohawk Gardens
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Orchard Park
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Paul A. Fisher
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Pauline Johnson 
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Sir Ernest MacMillan
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - ST. ELIZABETH SETON
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - St. Gabriel
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - St. John
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - St. Mark's School
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - St. Raphael
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford - YMCA SACC - Tom Thomson
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford  - Clarksdale SACC
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford  - St. Paul SACC
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford  - YMCA SACC - Alexander
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford  - YMCA SACC - Drury Lane
  • YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford -YMCA SACC - Bruce T. Lindley
  • Young Minds Preschool Ltd.
  • Apples & Angels Montessori School & Daycare (5601)
  • Apples & Angels Montessori School & Daycare (57925)
  • BrightPath Georgetown
  • Garderie Porte-Soleil
  • Gardiner School Age Program
  • Georgetown Day Care & Nursery School Inc.
  • Georgetown Day Care Building 2 
  • Halton Hills Child Care Centre
  • Learning Through Love LTD. (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • LearningTree Childcare Corp.
  • Links2Care - Park School - School Age Program
  • Links2Care - Joseph Gibbons School - School Age Program
  • Little Leaders Licensed Home Child Care Agency (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Maple Nursery School
  • Regional Child Care Centre - Maple Avenue
  • The Tabernacle Daycare Inc. (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - George Kennedy YMCA Schoolage Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Glen Williams
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Harrison YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Holy Cross School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Limehouse 
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Pineview 
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Silver Creek YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - St. Brigid Junior YMCA
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - St. Catherine's YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - St. Francis of Assisi YMCA School Age Program
  • Angus Valley Montessori School
  • BrightPath Maple
  • Bronte Street School
  • Bruce Trail Early Learning and Child Care Centre
  • Building Blocks Montessori & Preschool-Fourth Line 
  • Building Blocks Montessori Inc.
  • Cherish Private Home Day Care Agency (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Childventures Early Learning Academy Inc. (Milton)
  • Chris Hadfield Before and After School Program
  • Cudley Corner Child Care Centre - Derry Road
  • Cudley Corner Child Care Centre - Milton 
  • Cudley Corner Child Care Centre - Nipissing Road 
  • Garderie Educative Petit Bateau - Ste Nicolas
  • Halton Day Care Services (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Happy Times for Kids Preschool of Oakville Inc. (Learning Blocks Montessori Milton)
  • Hawthorne Village Before & After School Program
  • Irma Coulson
  • Kids & Company - Milton 
  • Les Coccinelles (Ste-Anne)
  • Les Coccinelles Inc. (Dyane Adam)
  • Little Hands Children's Learning Centre Inc.
  • Little Hands Children's Learning Centre Inc. #3
  • Little Leaders Licensed Home Child Care Agency (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Milton Community Resource Centre - Boyne Before and After School Program
  • Milton Community Resource Centre - Brookville School Age Program
  • Milton Community Resource Centre - P.L. Robertson Before & After School Program
  • Milton Community Resource Centre - St. Scholastica Before and After School Program
  • Milton Community Resource Centre - T.J. Singh Before and After School Program
  • Milton Community Resource Centre - Viola Desmond Early Learning Centre
  • Montessori School of Milton Inc.
  • Parkview Children's Centre - Rattlesnake Point
  • Sleepy Snuggles Childcare Centre
  • Sweet Pea Daycare
  • The Family Place - Milton
  • Tiny Hoppers Sherwood Park 
  • Wee Ones Child Care Academy
  • Wee Watch Milton (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto -  St. Peter YMCA Child Care Centre Milton
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Anne J. MacArthur YMCA SA Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Escarpment View School Age
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - EW Foster YMCA Schoolage Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Guardian Angels YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Holy Rosary YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - J. M. Denyes YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Lumen Christi 
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Martin Street Milton
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Milton Jr. Y
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Our Lady of Fatima School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Our Lady of Victory YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Queen of Heaven 
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Robert Baldwin YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - Sam Sherratt YMCA School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - St. Anthony of Padua School Age Program
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto - St. Benedict 
  • Alpha's Discovery Kids Preschool and Daycare
  • BrightPath Oakville
  • Bronte Harbour Nursery School
  • Childventures Early Learning Academy Inc. (Oakville)
  • Cradle 2 Kinder
  • Glen Abbey Childcare & Montessori
  • Glenashton Daycare Centre Limited
  • Halton Day Care Services (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Happy Times for Kids Preschool of Oakville Inc. (Learning Blocks Montessori Oakville)
  • Heritage Montessori Inc. - Oakville
  • Hopedale Montessori School
  • Hopedale Montessori School - Palermo Campus
  • Hopedale Montessori School - Thomas St. Campus
  • IDEA Lab Kids East Oakville
  • Jenny's Child Care & Play
  • Kidex Academy Inc.
  • Kidlogic Oakville
  • Kids & Company - Cornwall 
  • Kids & Company - Dundas 
  • Kids & Company - Ford Child Care
  • Kids & Company - Monkey See Monkey Do Joshua Creek
  • Kids & Company - Oakville West
  • Kinder Buddies Childcare and Development Centre
  • Kinder Kids International Preschool
  • Les Coccinelles d'Oakville (Du Chene)
  • Les Coccinelles d'Oakville Inc. (Patricia Picknell)
  • Les Coccinelles Ste. Marie
  • Les Petites Perles
  • Little Kids Day Care Centre - Kingsridge 
  • Little Kids Daycare Center - Grosvenor
  • Little Leaders Licensed Home Child Care Agency (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • Maple Tree Montessori Childcare - Oakville
  • Marian Montessori
  • Monkey See Monkey Do/Joshua's Creek
  • Munn's Child Care Centre 
  • Munn's Child Care Centre Inc. - Iroquois Ridge
  • Nottinghill Cooperative Preschool Inc.
  • Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
  • Oakville Family YMCA - Dr. David R Williams Junior YMCA
  • Oakville Family YMCA - Montclair
  • Oakville Family YMCA - New Central Public School SACC
  • Oakville Family YMCA - Oakville Trafalgar Junior Y
  • Oakville Family YMCA - Oodenawi
  • Oakville Family YMCA - Our Lady of Peace Junior YMCA
  • Oakville Family YMCA - Pilgrim Wood Junior YMCA
  • Oakville Family YMCA - River Oaks Junior YMCA
  • Oakville Family YMCA - SACC - Maple Grove
  • Oakville Family YMCA - SACC - St. Dominic
  • Oakville Family YMCA - SACC - St. Joan of Arc
  • Oakville Family YMCA - St Michael Junior YMCA
  • Oakville Family YMCA - St. Bernadette Junior YMCA
  • Oakville Family YMCA - St. Luke Junior YMCA
  • Oakville Family YMCA - St. Marguerite D'Youville Junior Y
  • Oakville Family YMCA - St. Nicholas 
  • Oakville Family YMCA - Waterford Junior YMCA
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Abbey Lane
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Captain R. Wilson Public School
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Eastview
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Emily Carr
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Falgarwood
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Forest Trail
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Gladys Speers
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Holy Family
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - James W. Hill
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Joshua Creek
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Morden
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Munn’s
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Palermo
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Pinegrove
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Post Corners
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Sheridan
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - St Mary
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - St Teresa of Calcutta
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - St. Andrew
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - St. John Paul II
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - St. Matthew
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - St. Vincent
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - Sunningdale
  • Oakville Family YMCA SACC - West Oak Public School
  • Oakville Parent Child Centre - Discovery Station/North Service Road
  • Oakville Parent-Child Centre - Oakwood After School Program
  • Oakville Parent-Child Centre - Occasional Childcare
  • Oakville YMCA E. J. James Public School SACC
  • Orange Seeds Montessori Centre
  • Oshi's Daycare Inc.
  • Parkview Children's Centre - The St Gregory School
  • Parkview Children's Centre - The Village School
  • Positive Minds Daycare Inc
  • Precious Pearls Child Care Centre Inc.
  • Regional Child Care Centre - Margaret Drive
  • Regional Child Care Centre - Sedgewick Crescent
  • Sheridan College Day Care Centre
  • SimplySmart Child Care Centre and Montessori (58451)
  • SimplySmart Childcare Centre and Montessori (58720)
  • Smart Little Children Inc.
  • The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre Inc.
  • The Family Place - Oakville
  • The Halton Centre for Child Care
  • The Nottinghill Educational Rec Centre Ltd. (Little Feet Big Dreams Child Care)
  • Thistleoaks Child Care CentreThistleoaks Child Care Centre
  • Today's Family - Caring for Your Child  - Brookdale
  • Trafalgar Oaks Child Care & Learning Centre
  • Wee Watch Oakville (Licensed Home Child Care)
  • West Oakville Preschool
  • Willowbrae Academy Oakville

Additional resources

Next steps

  • Families will continue to pay their current child care fees until their provider is enrolled in the CWELCC System.
  • Halton Region is working through the enrollment process and will provide funding to child care providers so they can provide rebates and reduce fees.
  • Your provider will let you know when your rebates are available and when your fees have been reduced.
  • Families do not need to do anything to receive their rebates. The rebates can be provided by cheque, e-transfer or a credit on a child’s or sibling account. Talk to your provider about your preference for receiving your rebate.
  • If your child care provider chooses not to enroll, or is not approved by Halton Region to participate, they must tell you. If you wish to withdraw from their program, you can do so without penalty by providing 30 days’ notice to your child care provider.

For updates:

  • Check this webpage.
  • Connect with your child care provider.

Learn more:

 

Child Care Fee Subsidy

Eligibility

To be eligible for child care fee subsidy, you must:

  • Live in Halton Region
  • Be working, training or attending school
  • Have children from birth to 12 years of age in licensed child care programs
  • Be financially eligible for the child care fee subsidy

Financial eligibility depends on your income. You must file an income tax return and complete an Income Test to determine if you qualify for child care fee subsidy. You will also need a recent copy of one of the following documents:

Exception: Recent immigrants who did not live in Canada in the previous year and had no Canadian income to report for income tax purposes do not need to have filed an income tax return. Your adjusted income will be considered zero for the first year.

Children with special needs

Parents of children with special needs may be eligible for child care fee subsidy for children up to 12 years of age. Call 311 and ask for services for children with special needs.

Child care subsidy calculator

The fee subsidy is based on your family's total income and child care costs. Use the Child Care Subsidy Calculator to see if you are eligible for a fee subsidy, and to find the amount you qualify for.

Note: This tool does not guarantee eligibility for the program.

Applying for child care fee subsidy

To apply for child care fee subsidy:

  1. Fill out the online form or call 311. If you submit the online form, you will receive an email confirmation.
  2. A Halton Region Children's Services Intake Worker will call you within 7 to 10 business days to discuss your application. It is helpful to have your Notice of Assessment or your Canada Child Benefit information available for this call.
  3. If it appears that you may be eligible for child care subsidy, Children’s Services will mail you a letter outlining all the documents you need to complete to continue the application process.
  4. Send all required documents. Your application is considered incomplete until all the documentation has been received.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email from Children’s Service confirming the submission of your documents and outlining the next steps in the application process.

Need help?

Halton Region will provide an interpreter at no cost, if you require assistance.

All Halton Region offices are wheelchair accessible. Use Halton Region’s TTY line (905-827-9833) to contact us if you have a hearing impairment.

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