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Child care subsidy update for families

Information for families about lower fees and refunds as part of the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

The Canadian and Ontario governments signed the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement to make child care more affordable for families.

Changes to how fees are calculated

Starting April 1, the way child care fees are calculated is changing. Child care fees will be calculated per child, instead of per family. Learn more about changes to child care fees.

Lower child care fees

If your child care provider is participating in this program and you have a child under 6 years old

Your child care provider will let you know when to start paying your new fee.

Getting your refund

Optional for child care providers

The early learning and child care program is optional and child care providers choose to participate. If your provider chooses not to participate, you will not be eligible to receive a refund or a lowered child care fee.

Participating licensed child care providers

Your child care subsidy

Your eligibility for subsidy will not change based on the early learning and child care plan. 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.

If you have questions

Speak to your child care provider if you have questions about your refund, or the amount of your lower child care fee and when to start paying it.

If you have already spoken to your child care provider and still have questions about your refund or lower child care fee, or if you have not received your refund, contact us by email.