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Apply for a child care subsidy

If you can't afford child care, you can apply for financial help. This is called a child care subsidy, and helps you pay for child care.

A child care subsidy reduces the amount of money that you have to pay to a licensed child care provider for your children under 12 years old. This amount is based on your family’s income. If you are eligible for a subsidy, you could expect to pay:

Net family income

Approximate daily child care cost for parents

Approximate monthly child care cost for parents



















Note: The amounts shown in this table are only estimates to give you an idea of what you may receive, based on your family's income. The actual cost for your family will be calculated during the application process.

To apply, you must:

If your child has special needs, contact us before applying.

Note: If you are an Ontario Works recipient, do not apply. If you need assistance with child care, contact your caseworker.

During peak times, you may experience a wait time for your initial appointment regarding your application for child care subsidy.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

Eligibility depends on your household income and the number of children you are applying for.

Check Your Eligibility

Step 2: Find a subsidized child care space

You must find a child care space that can be subsidized. You may search for this yourself, or you can find a space using the using the Peel Early Learning and Child Care Directory:

You can also call the following numbers for help by phone. Phone services are available in over 200 languages.

When you locate a child care space, contact the provider to see if they have a spot available for your child.

Note: Do not register your child with the provider until you have been approved by us. We will not reimburse any money you have paid for holds/reservations or fees before being approved for a subsidy.

Step 3: Apply online

To apply, you will need to make sure you have all of the required documents and identification.

Once you have completed your application, you will receive a confirmation email regarding next steps.

Apply Online

Other information

You can apply for a child care subsidy by phone. Call us at 905-793-9200 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

If you’re staying in an emergency shelter or transitional housing, and need help paying for child care talk to a staff member. They can help you submit a shelter referral for child care fee subsidy (PDF). This can be submitted instead of applying online or by phone.

Your eligibility can only be determined if you submit ALL required documents.

All originals must be submitted at the time of the scheduled appointment.

If you are married, common-law or living with the parent of the child(ren), information must be provided for each person and both parents must attend the appointment.

Your name or your spouse’s name must be on all documents submitted.

Please read carefully and provide:

Information required Acceptable documents
  • Current Canada Child Benefit Notice (CCB) (all pages, front and back)
    Current Notice of Assessment/Reassessment (NOA) (all pages, front and back)
  • If you cannot locate these documents, please contact Canada Revenue Agency for a replacement 1-800-959-8281 (NOA) -or- 1-800-387-1193 (CCB)

Your appointment cannot be completed without the above documents

Family composition and child custody
  • Separation agreement or divorce documents, if applicable
  • If separated, verification that you have been separated for more than 3 months
  • Custody and/or child support documents, if applicable
  • Verification of legal guardianship, if applicable
  • If your address is not listed or is different from what is on your CCB or NOA, then provide a utility bill or driver’s license
Status in Canada:
One piece of identification (ID) for each family member
  • Canadian Birth Certificate/Statement of Live Birth or
  • Canadian Passport or
  • Canadian Citizenship Card or
  • Permanent Resident Card or
  • Landed immigrant documents or
  • Immigration documents
If you are employed…
  • Two (2) most recent, consecutive paystubs that detail the name of your employer, dates and hours worked
  • If you are returning back to work or starting new employment and current pay stubs are not yet available, please provide a letter of employment and/or contract offer that details the name of your employer, your start date and your work schedule
If you are a student…

One of the following documents must be provided:

  • An official stamped letter from your school that confirms your program start and end date, full time or part time enrolment and a copy of your schedule or
  • OSAP Assessment Summary and a copy of your schedule

If you are not attending a College or University Program, please access the Confirmation of School Registration (PDF) and Confirmation of School Attendance (PDF). Forms to be completed prior to your scheduled appointment.

If you are self-employed
  • Most recent T1 General Personal Income Tax return AND
  • Most recent Statement of Business and Professional Activities (showing Line 8519 – Gross Profit) AND
  • Master Business Licence or Business Registration Documents AND
  • Please access the Self-Employment Assessment Tool and Declaration of Self Employment that is to be completed prior to your scheduled appointment
  • If your business is incorporated:
    • Most recent T2 Corporate Income Tax return (Schedule 50 and Schedule 125) AND
    • Corporate Income Tax Assessment
If you are not working due to a medical condition Please have this form completed and return it at your scheduled appointment

When you are receiving a child care subsidy, your responsibilities are outlined in the Parent Agreement (PDF).

Your child care fee subsidy is based on the information you provide. It is your responsibility to tell us immediately if:

  • You move to a new address
  • Change your marital status
  • There are changes to your family size
  • Leave your job or finish school
  • Take a leave of absence from work for any reason (such as pregnancy or medical leave)

Note: You must contact us within two (2) weeks of a change happening. If you don't report this on time, your subsidy can be affected and you may be asked to repay us some of the money that you received for the subsidy.

Your subsidy will be assessed every 12 months to see if you are still eligible. This is called the Annual Review. We will send you a letter in the mail with instructions on what information you need to submit to us, where to send it, and the due date. If you do not submit this information by the due date, your subsidy may be terminated.

If you disagree with a decision that affects your child care fee subsidy, you have the right to appeal.

First, you need to review the decision with a Children's Services Worker. Call us at 905-791-1585 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

After the decision has been reviewed with a Children's Services Worker, if you would like to appeal, you have 30 calendar days from the date the decision was made to appeal:

To request an appeal, print out and complete a Child Care Fee Subsidy Internal Review Request form (PDF).

Send us the completed form, supporting documentation and a copy of your decision letter in one of the following ways:

  • Fax it to 905-450-5757 – Attention: Supervisor, Child Care Fee Subsidy
  • Drop off at one of the following locations:
    10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite B, Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
    7120 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON L5W 1N4
  • Mail to:
    Attention: Supervisor, Child Care Fee Subsidy
    10 Peel Centre Dr. Suite B
    PO Box 2136 Stn B
    Brampton, ON
    L6T 0E3

A review of your file will be conducted and a notice of decision will be issued to you by email or mail within 30 calendar days of receiving your request for appeal. This decision is final.