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Not-for-profit operators can now apply for a new fee subsidy service agreement. Please review the information on this page for application requirements.

A Service Agreement for Child Care Fee Subsidy is not required to apply the Canada-Wide Early Learning & Child Care (CWELCC) System; however agencies may apply for both through 2023 Expansion & Start-Up Grant application.

Service Agreement for Child Care Fee Subsidy

The City invites not-for-profit child care agencies to apply for a Service Agreement for Child Care Fee Subsidy. We look for not-for-profit organizations who are committed to providing accessible, equitable, high quality services that welcome all families and are responsive to local community needs.

A Service Agreement for Fee Subsidy may be available to licensed, not-for-profit child care operators who meet all financial, operating and licensing requirements and comply with all legislative requirements and City Policies.

To apply for a new or revise an existing Service Agreement, please fill out a copy of the application form:

For new Service Agreements, a notarized Declaration of Not-for-Profit Status must accompany the application:

Email your completed documents to:

If you require assistance, contact the Children’s Services Consultant listed on the A-Z List of Licensed Child Care Centres.

Upon receipt, the City will assess the applicant’s:

  • ability to respond to current service priorities; and
  • alignment with municipal and provincial policies and objectives.

A letter advising whether the application will proceed to the next stage of review will be emailed within 30 days of receipt of the application.

If the application proceeds, a Children’s Services Consultant will contact the program to advise of the documents required for the next stage of review.

Applicants will be assessed for:

  • program efficiency and sustainability; and
  • financial soundness of the organization.

Programs that proceed to the final stage of review will be assessed for General Operating Funding eligibility.

Once all requirements have been met, a determination of funding levels and approval of a Service Agreement will begin.


An application may be rejected at any stage of the process.

The application process may take up to one year to complete.

In addition to providing access to children and families in receipt of Child Care Fee Subsidy, a Service Agreement gives organizations access to grants and supports including: