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Families will soon pay less for child care

Lower licensed child care fees for children under 6 years.

Child care subsidy will continue in the Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care System.

All providers can participate in the early learning and child care system and if your provider applies to participate and is approved, your child care fees will be reduced up to 25% for any fees you pay after April 1, 2022. The lower fees apply to children under the age of 6 or who will be 6 before June 30.

Your child care provider will let you know if they decide not to participate or if they are not approved. If your provider chooses not to participate or is not approved, you will not be eligible to receive a refund or a reduction to your child care fees.

If you do not pay a fee for child care, you will not see any changes or receive a refund.

If your family is currently receiving a child care subsidy, you do not need to take any action. If you’re eligible for a refund, you will receive one automatically from your provider when refunds are issued later this year.

Your eligibility for subsidy will not change based on the early learning and child care system. Currently there are no changes to the subsidy program. All current requirements for child care subsidy are still in place including the requirement for you to be working or going to school.

We will provide updates as they become available.