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Child Care Fee Subsidy

What is child care fee subsidy?

The Region of Peel provides financial assistance to help families with their child care costs for children up to 12 years of age in licensed child care programs.

Subsidized care is available in centre-based, school-based and home-based child care programs in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

As of September 2014, children eligible for full-day kindergarten can only access a child care fee subsidy for the extended day (before-and-after school) programs, including PA days, March Break and other school holidays.

Who can apply?

Families with children up to 12 years of age who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a child care fee subsidy.

What are the eligibility criteria for a child care fee subsidy?

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

  1. Have filed last year’s income tax return and have your current Notice of Assessment (NOA) or Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) Notice
  2. Live in Peel (Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga)
  3. Be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or refugee with a valid work permit or study permit
  4. Be the parent, foster parent or legal guardian of the child(ren) and living with them
  5. Be working, self-employed, in school or in a training program full-time or part-time as described below.

Working parents
You can apply if you are working full time or part time. To verify your hours of work you must provide two recent consecutive pay stubs or a letter from your employer on company letterhead confirming the hours of work and rate of pay.

Self-employed parents
You are generally considered to be self-employed if you are actively working in a self-employed activity and you claim business expenses against your income.

Student parents
You must be attending school or a recognized training program on a full-time or part-time regular basis. This may include high school, English as a Second Language (ESL), college/university and training programs.

Please note: If your English as a Second Language or training program provides child care, you will not be able to receive assistance through the child care fee subsidy program.

Families with special needs
Call us to complete a referral if you require child care due to the special needs of your child.

Ontario Works participants
If you are participating in the Ontario Works Program and need child care, contact your Ontario Works Case Worker.

When should I apply for child care fee subsidy?

Currently there is no wait list for a child care fee subsidy. You can apply when you need assistance with your child care costs as follows:

  1. You have found a subsidized child care space at a licensed child care provider.
  2. You have a confirmed date to start work/school.

We recommend that you apply four to six weeks before your confirmed start date to ensure we have enough time to review your application and for you to attend your appointment.

How do I apply?

Follow these simple steps to prescreen your eligibility and apply for a child care fee subsidy:

How Do I Apply - Subsidy Steps

Step 1: Find a Child Care Provider

Subsidized child care is available in centre-based, school-based and home-based child care programs in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga:

For help with choosing a licensed child care program, please visit www.cdrcp.com/ccip/child-care-info-peel or call 905-890-9432. Note: Please choose a program with fee subsidy.

  • It is a good idea to visit several licensed child care providers and home child care agencies in your area to help you choose which program is best for your child.
  • Make a list of programs that meet the age(s) of your child(ren) and the hours of care you need.
  • Contact the provider to see if space is available for your child. Important: Do not register your child with the provider before receiving confirmation of your child care fee subsidy because if you accept the space, you will have to pay the full rate and the Region cannot guarantee that you will be reimbursed for fees already spent.

Once you have chosen a provider that meets your needs, please proceed to Step 2 to see if you meet the financial eligibility requirements for a child care fee subsidy.

Step 2: Use the Eligibility Calculator and Checklist

To determine if you meet the financial eligibility, please, complete the Eligibility Calculator with the following documents on hand:

  • Current Notice of Assessment/Reassessment (NOA), which displays last year's Net Income on line 236, or
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) Notice

Note: if you do not have your current NOA, contact Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at 1-800-959-8281 and ask for an Option C or-1-800-387-1193 for the Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice.

Benefit Notice

Note: The eligibility calculator indicates whether or not you may be eligible, based on the financial information you provide and the criteria shown in "What are the eligibility criteria for child care fee subsidy?" We also consider how many of your children need a child care fee subsidy.

If the Eligibility Calculator and results of the Child Care Fee Subsidy Eligibility Checklist suggest that you may be eligible, then proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Complete Your Application

You may apply for a child care fee subsidy as follows:

  • Apply online
  • Call 905-793-9200 or 1-800-327-5379 to apply by phone

Please have the following information available when completing your application:

  • Financial Documents used in Step 2
  • Date of birth for all family members and their status in Canada
  • Details of why you need child care (for example: name of employer/school, hours of work/school)
  • Name of the child care provider you have chosen

An Assessment Worker will review your information with you and determine whether you may meet the eligibility requirements.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, an appointment will be made with you to come to one our offices in Brampton or Mississauga. The Assessment Worker will send you a list of documents you are required to bring to your appointment. Both parents, if applicable, must attend the meeting.

If you do not meet eligibility requirements, the Assessment Worker will review with you the reason(s) why.

Step 4: Attend Your Appointment

You will meet with a Children's Service Worker who will verify the information on your application based on the documents you bring to your appointment. Your eligibility can only be determined if you bring all mandatory documents for all family members to your in-person appointment. Please note that 48 hours' notice is required for appointment cancellations/re-bookings. To cancel or re-book your appointment contact extension 1810.  During peak times you may experience an additional wait time for your appointment.

If you meet all of the eligibility criteria, the Children's Services Worker will:

  • confirm your space with the child care program you have selected
  • discuss the amount of child care fee subsidy you are eligible to receive
  • review your responsibilities as outlined in your Parent Agreement
  • discuss how you maintain your eligibility

If you are not eligible to receive a child care fee subsidy, the Children’s Services Worker will explain why.

What are the requirements to maintain my child care subsidy?

For important information on child care fee subsidy and the requirements for maintaining your child care fee subsidy, please review the Parent Agreement.

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