General Operating Funding

The General Operating Funding is a stable source of funding to help child care operators offset their operating costs.

Fact Sheets

These fact sheets include tips and suggestions on topics related to managing and operating child care programs.


For a copy of the following, contact 416-392-3336

  • Financial Management Criteria (for all programs)
  • Insurance Requirements: Certificate of Insurance
  • Market Rent Appraisal

Summer Day

Agencies who have a Service Agreement with the City of Toronto may receive payment from the City in advance of services being provided to children and families. Fee subsidy advances for child care centres and home child care agencies are typically paid monthly. General Operating Grant, other wage grants, and base funded programs are typically paid quarterly.

Quarterly payments for Child and Family Programs, Special Needs Resourcing Agencies, Pay Equity, General Operating Grant, and other wage grant payments are processed on the dates noted with an asterisk *.

Children’s Services will process payments according to the schedule below, funds will be available in the agency’s bank account within two to five business days.

 Advance payment for Month end dates
October 2018  Tuesday, September 25*, 2018
 November 2018  Thursday, October 25, 2018
December 2018  Tuesday, November 27, 2018
January 2019 Tuesday, December 18* ^, 2018
February 2019 January 24, 2019
March 2019 February 21, 2019
April 2019 March 21*, 2019
May 2019 April 23, 2019
June 2019 May 23, 2019
July 2019 June 25*, 2019
August 2019 July 25, 2019
September 2019 August 22, 2019
October 2019 September 24*, 2019
November 2019 October 24, 2019
December 2019 November 21, 2019
January 2020 December 17*^, 2019


^ Although advance payments are processed on this date, payments are not released until January 1 as the City’s fiscal year end is December 31.