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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

COVID-19 emergency child care

In response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the increase risk posed to the public by COVID-19 variants, and the spike in hospital admissions, the Province has announced that Ontario schools will move to remote learning starting April 19 (external link). Halton Region is working with local child care operators to offer emergency licensed child care to eligible parents.

This targeted emergency child care program will support eligible front line and health care workers with children age four to 12  who may not be able to accommodate their child’s learning/care at home during the period where elementary schools are operating virtually. The program will be offered at no cost to parents.

Who is eligible to receive emergency child care?

Please review the list of those eligible for emergency child care (PDF file).

How do I apply?

To apply for emergency child care, parents are required to contact the approved child care operator directly. Approved child care operators in Halton region include:

  • Burlington
    Today’s Family – C.H. Norton Public School
    2120 Clever Avenue
    Burlington, ON L7M 4B6
    289-288-0059 Ext. 800
    Registration: childcare@todaysfamily.ca OR 289-288-0059 ext. 112
  • Georgetown
    YMCA Greater Toronto Area – St. Brigid Elementary School
    73 Miller Drive
    Georgetown, ON L7G 5T2
    905-877-0367
    Registration: jen.marchand@ymcagta.org
  • Milton
    Milton Community Resource Centre – St. Scholastica Catholic Elementary School
    170 Whitlock Avenue
    Milton, ON L9E 1K6
    905-876-1244
    Registration: Megan Lantz, Director, Licensed Child Care
    905-876-1244 ext. 427
    meganl@mcrc.on.ca
  • Oakville
    Glen Abbey Child Care & Montessori
    1240 Old Abbey Lane,
    Oakville, ON
    L6M 3Y4
    Registration: info@glenabbeychildcare.ca or 905-469-3333
  • Kids & Company Oakville Cornwall
    463 Cornwall Rd
    Oakville, ON L6J 7S8
    905-339-2584
    Registration: spurser@kidsandcompany.com AND aanao@kidsandcompany.com
  • Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre 
    2200 Sawgrass Dr
    Oakville, ON L6H 6M8
    Registration: community@opnc.ca or 905-257-6029 ext. 105
  • Licensed Home Child Care
    Little Leaders Licensed Home Child Care Agency
    Homes in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Georgetown
    Registration: jennifer@littleleaders.ca OR 905-335-8335
  • Today’s Family Private Home Agency
    Homes in Oakville and Burlington
    Registration: childcare@todaysfamily.ca OR 289-288-0059 ext. 112

How will Halton Region ensure the facilities are safe and healthy?

Halton Region Public Health, its Medical Officer of Health and Children’s Services will work closely with the Ministry of Education and approved child care operators to ensure all appropriate preventative safety and health measures are in place for approved emergency child care settings.

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.

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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