The City of Toronto undertakes an Expression of Interest (EOI) process when selecting an operator for a newly built or renovated child care space funded by the City.

The City is looking for not-for-profit organizations or public institutions who are committed to providing accessible, equitable, high quality services that welcome all families and are responsive to local community needs.


  1. Applicant holds a current Service Agreement for the provision of fee subsidy.
  2. Applicant meets the requirements of a not-for-profit organization (public institutions will submit documentation to support the public institution status)
  3. Applicant meets or exceeds the Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI) for each site operated by the applicant over the last two year period.
  4. Applicant’s service agreement has been in good standing for a minimum of the last two years.  Note: Good standing will be assessed by the City through a review of Stop Admissions compliance with contract requirements.
  5. Applicant currently meets Child Care Operating Standards.
  • Stage 1: Organizations must submit their complete EOI applications by the deadline and will be scored as a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’
    • Note: late or incomplete applications will not be moved to Stage 2
  • Stage 2: The City will evaluate and score the EOI application
    • Organizations that are successful in Stage 2 may be invited to a Review Panel Interview


  • The City in consultation with the Review Panel will assess all EOI applications and the one that best meets the requirements will be deemed as the preferred organization.
  • When a school board is involved, the requirements will be adapted to include procedures related to the school board’s selection process.
  • Prior to the execution of a formal Service Agreement, the City may request clarification and/or additional items from the preferred organization. And, the City, at its sole discretion, may adjust the organization’s score or ranking based on this additional information.


Criteria Weighting Percentage
Program Delivery and Community Collaboration 50%
Financial Viability 50%



  • Expression of Interest evaluation results shall be the absolute property of the City.
  • The City does not disclose Expression of Interest evaluation results, before, during or after the evaluation process. However, applicants must be aware that this information may become public for reasons of transparency and accountability in decisions made by the City.
  • If the City does not receive any satisfactory applications, we reserve the right to negotiate with any operator deemed suitable, where necessary.
  • The organization that is successful in the EOI may be prioritized for placement of children with Child Care Fee Subsidy for the first six months of operation or until they achieve full enrolment, whichever occurs first.