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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Check this webpage.
- Connect with your child care provider.
Child Care Fee Subsidy
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:
- Fill out the online form or call 311. If you submit the online form, you will receive an email confirmation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Send all required documents. Your application is considered incomplete until all the documentation has been received.
- 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.
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.