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Lower child care fees and refunds coming soon

Get updates on eligibility and refunds

The Ontario government has extended the deadline for child care providers to decide if they want to join the new Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care plan.

Providers now have until November 1 which gives them more time to review information about what the new plan means for their businesses.

To receive lower child care fees, children must be enrolled in a licensed centre or home child care program that chooses to participate in the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care plan.

Who’s eligible

Reducing your fees

If you have a child of eligible age and your provider chooses to participate and is approved, you will see the following reductions:

Providers must apply to participate

All licensed child care providers can choose to participate in the new child care plan.

On June 22, we shared the application package with child care providers, and they can now start applying.

The decision to participate in the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care plan is up to the child care provider.

Providers have until November 1 to decide if they wish to participate. We will be updating our website to show which providers have decided to participate in the plan and those who have chosen not to.

Next steps for you

Families will continue to pay their current fees in full until the Region of Peel approves the child care provider’s application. If your child care provider is approved for the new child care plan, you will receive up to a 25% refund for any fees that you paid after April 1, 2022.

If your child care provider tells you that they decided not to participate in the plan or were not approved and you wish to withdraw from their program, you will have 30 days to tell them without any penalty.

When you should expect your refund

How to get your refund

If you would like to know if your child care provider plans to apply, you can ask them.

If you have concerns about your child care provider sharing their plans to participate you can tell us here.

To find a child care provider in Peel, go to InfoPeel. If you need support to pay your child care costs, see if you qualify for help.

Learn more about the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement.