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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for fee subsidy is based on the family's income and applicants are required to provide their most recent Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment or Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice.  The following table gives examples of annual family income and the monthly amount that the family would have to contribute to child care costs.  If the actual cost of child care exceeds the parental contribution amount, then the family is eligible for fee subsidy. 

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Examples of Annual Family Incomes

Annual Parental Contribution

Divided by 12 months
(or Monthly contribution)

Daily Parental
Contribution based
on a 5-day week

$20,000

$0

$0

$2.50 *

$22,000

$200

$16.67

$2.50 *

$25,000

$500.00

$41.67

$2.50 *

$28,000

$800.00

$66.67

$3.06

$30,000

$1,000.00

$83.33

$3.83

$32,000

$1,200.00

$100.00

$4.60

$35,000

$1,500.00

$125.00

$5.75

$38,000

$1,800.00

$150.00

$6.90

$40,000

$2,000.00

$166.67

$7.66

$42,000

$2,600.00

$216.67

$9.96

$45,000

$3,500.00

$291.67

$13.41

$48,000

$4,400.00

$366.67

$16.86

$50,000

$5,000.00

$416.67

$19.16

$52,000

$5,600.00

$466.67

$21.46

$55,000

$6,500.00

$541.67

$24.90

$58,000

$7,400.00

$616.67

$28.35

$60,000

$8,000.00

$666.67

$30.65

$62,000

$8,600.00

$716.67

$32.95

$65,000

$9,500.00

$791.67

$36.40

$68,000

$10,400.00

$866.67

$39.85

$70,000

$11,000.00

$916.67

$42.15

$72,000

$11,600.00

$966.67

$44.44

$75,000

$12,500.00

$1,041.67

$47.89

$78,000

$13,400.00

$1,116.67

$51.34

$80,000

$14,000.00

$1,166.67

$53.64

$82,000

$14,600.00

$1,216.67

$55.94

$85,000

$15,500.00

$1,291.67

$59.39

* Minimum rate of $2.50 is charged by all child care centres when the daily rate falls below $2.50.

  • Parents must be working or attending school or
  • the child must be referred due to special or social needs

Referrals for children with special or social needs may be accepted from:

  • physicians
  • public health nurses
  • speech pathologists
  • psychologists
  • early childhood educators and
  • other community agencies or professionals working with the child and family.

A referral may also be accepted on behalf of the parent, if the parent is not able to provide appropriate care for their child.

There must be a need for service as well as financial need for subsidy.  Eligible families may qualify for full or partial subsidy.  Families are required to pay a minimum user fee at all centres.

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