Contract & Financial Information
General Operating Grant
The General Operating Grant is a stable source of funding to help child care operators offset their operating costs.
- General Operating Grant Guidelines for operators with a Service Agreement for Fee Subsidy
- Legacy General Operating Grant Guidelines for operators without a Service Agreement for Fee Subsidy
These fact sheets provide further explanation on specific sections of the General Operating Grant guidelines. They include tips, suggestions, and facts on topics related to managing and operating child care programs.
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 asterik *.
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|
|February 2017||Tuesday, January 31, 2017|
|March 2017||Thursday, February 23, 2017|
|April 2017||Tuesday, March 28* , 2017|
|May 2017||Tuesday, April 25, 2017|
|June 2017||Thursday, May 25, 2017|
|July 2017||Tuesday, June 27* ,2017|
|August 2017||Tuesday, July 25, 2017|
|September 2017||Tuesday, August 29, 2017|
|October 2017||Tuesday, September 26* , 2017|
|November 2017||Thursday, October 26, 2017|
|December 2017||Tuesday, November 28, 2017|
|January 2018||Tuesday, December 19* ^ , 2017|
|February 2018||Thursday, January 25, 2018|
|March 2018||Thursday, February 22, 2018|
|April 2018||Thursday , March 22* ,2018|
|May 2018||Tuesday, April 24 ,2018|
|June 2018||Thursday, May 24 ,2018|
|July 2018||Tuesday, June 26* ,2018|
|August 2018||Thursday, July 26 ,2018|
|September 2018||Tuesday, August 28 ,2018|
|October 2018||Tuesday, September 25* ,2018|
|November 2018||Thursday, October 25 ,2018|
|December 2018||Tuesday, November 27 ,2018|
|January 2019||Tuesday, December 18* ^ ,2018|
^ Although advance payments are processed on this date, payments are not released until January 1st as the City’s fiscal year end is December 31st.
Budget guidelines for:
- Child care centres (revised Oct 2017 )
- Child and Family programs (2018 guidelines coming soon)
- Special needs (2018 guidelines coming soon)
- Standards for summer day programs (revised May 2016)
Budget forms (excel files) for:
- Special needs – for a copy of this file, contact 416-392-3336