Toronto's: child care system | children
Toronto's child care system
Over 900 child care centres and 19 home child care agencies operate in Toronto and together they provide over 57,000 licensed child care spaces for the city's children.
Children's Services Fact Sheets
December 2012 Fact Sheet
Summer 2012 Fact Sheet
Winter 2012 Fact Sheet
Fall 2011 Fact Sheet
Spring 2011 Fact Sheet
Winter 2011 Fact Sheet
Fall 2010 Fact Sheet
Spring 2010 Fact Sheet
Winter 2010 Fact Sheet
Fall 2009 Fact Sheet
Spring 2009 Fact Sheet
Fall 2008 Fact Sheet
2008 Fact Sheet
Summer 2008 Fact Sheet
Child care centres
A-Z index of child care centres
Ward based index of child care centres
Aboriginal child care centres
Francophone child care centres
Licensed home child care
Home child care agencies
Toronto's subsidy system
Subsidized child care assists families in meeting the cost of licensed care for their children. Over 600 child care centres have a subsidy contract with the City of Toronto. Currently, there are 24,000 subsidized spaces available to families in the city.
In order to equitably distribute the limited number of subsidy spaces among city wards, ward equity targets were established. A ward's equity target is based on dividing the number of available subsidized spaces by the ward's proportion of the City's low-income children.
ward equity targets for subsidized spaces
ward equity versus
Ontario Works enrollment
Children waiting for subsidy
The City maintains a master waiting list of families who are eligible for subsidy based on a first-come first-served policy. This is a waiting list for financial assistance
only. The City does not have information on the waiting list for a particular child care centre. Each centre is responsible for maintaining a separate waiting list of all families who would like a spot at their centre.
summary of children waiting for subsidy by city ward
The 2011 Canada Census counted 346,320 children 0-12 years of age living in Toronto. This age group represents 13% of Toronto's total population of 2.6 million.
Reports on Children
- statistical information on the children and families residing
in each ward as well as maps and listings of children's programs
and facilities including: child care, community centres,libraries,elementary
schools,family resource programs & Ontario Early Years Centres.
Toronto Report Card on Children