Help with the Cost of Licensed Child Care
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Child Care Fee Subsidy
A Child Care Fee Subsidy helps a family with the cost of licensed child care. There is a waitlist, so apply as soon as possible. You can apply as soon as you know you are pregnant or expecting a child through adoption.
A family who needs help with the cost of licensed child care for their children (up to 12 years old) and meets the following criteria.
- lives in Toronto,
- is moving to Toronto, or
- you are an employee of the City of Toronto
Each parent/guardian is either
- looking for work,
- in school or planning to go to school, or
- if you or your child has a special need you can also apply
Each parent/guardian has submitted their most recent Income Tax Return
- If you are a new immigrant to Canada this year or if you are under 18 years of age, you may apply without your most recent Tax Return
You can apply online for a child care fee subsidy or you can call 311. Apply Now
Important: You cannot use the online application to re-apply, change your address, phone number, child care choices or to add a new child to your application, please call 416-338-8888 to make any of these changes.
To apply, you will need
Proof of income
- either the income on your most recent Canada Child Tax Benefit statement (CCTB). To replace a CCTB statement, call Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-387-1193
- or your Canada Revenue Agency, Notice of Assessment (NOA) or Notice of Reassessment. To replace a NOA call 1-800-959-8281.
Note: If you receive Ontario Works, contact your Ontario Works caseworker to apply for a child care fee subsidy.
Your child care choices
You will need the names of the child care programs you are interested in. Parents should phone and visit each child care program to make sure it meets your family’s needs. Our licensed child care page can help you find a program.
An email will be sent to you confirming your application.
Once you have applied, you will receive an email letting you know if you are eligible to be placed on the City’s fee subsidy waitlist.
Important: Keep this email. It confirms your waitlist date and your client file number.
Contact the child care programs you are interested in.
You need to contact all the child care programs you are interested in and let them know you are waiting for a vacancy. Also, let the child care program know you are on the waitlist for a child care fee subsidy.
When your name comes to the top of the fee subsidy waitlist, a child care fee subsidy caseworker will contact you to arrange a meeting.
When your name comes to the top of the fee subsidy waitlist, a child care fee subsidy caseworker will contact you to come in to one of our offices for a meeting to discuss your eligibility and your child care options.
At the meeting, if all eligibility criteria are met, you will officially be offered a fee subsidy and you will be given a period of time to find a child care program.
Once you have received a child care fee subsidy, the following information is important for you to know:
To maintain your subsidy you must:
- Pay your fees to the child care program
- Report changes (examples include changes to your family, job, address, phone number)
- Respond to all requests for information by the deadline
- Attend an annual eligibility meeting to renew your fee subsidy with your caseworker
- File your income tax return on time
How to plan for your family’s future child care needs
Your family’s child care needs will change over time and your Caseworker will help you develop a child care plan to prepare for these changes.
Your Caseworker can help you to transfer to another child care program if
- your child outgrows their current child care program
- a physical space is not available in the next age group
- your current child care program no longer meets your family’s needs.
How to appeal a child care fee subsidy decision
Our Client Liason Consultant can help you with the appeal process.
To receive and to maintain your subsidy, you must attend an eligibility meeting every year and at times when there are changes in your situation that can affect your ongoing eligibility or your fee. If you have a spouse or partner, you are both encouraged to attend the meeting.
What to Expect
The meeting will be one hour long but you may have to wait to see a caseworker so make sure to give yourself enough time.Your eligibility for child care fee subsidy will be reviewed during the meeting. Your caseworker will also review the policies and procedures and your responsibilities related to maintaining your child care fee subsidy. You will have to sign an agreement that confirms the terms and conditions for receiving a child care fee subsidy.
What to Bring
The following checklist (available in English & French) tells you which documents you need to bring to the meeting
- Documents you need to bring to your appointment
- Les documents que vous devez apporter à votre entrevue
If you are not employed or in school but you or your child has a documented special need, we require written documentation of the special need from your doctor, agency or another professional who has an ongoing involvement with your family. Please contact your caseworker for the following forms
- Documentation of child special needs
- Documentation of parent/guardian special needs
If you are self-employed, the checklist called Child care fee assistance for self-employed applicants tells you what you need to know.
You must also bring these completed forms:
- Declaration of self-employment
- An income and expense statement
T2125 Statement of Business or Professional Activities,that you provided to the Canada Revenue Agency with your most recent income tax return or
if you have just started a new business / self-employed activity and would not yet have had to complete a T2125 you must complete this form: Projected statement of business or professional activities
If you are incorporated, you must also bring:
- The articles of incorporation that show the number of partners in the business
- Financial statements for the most recent fiscal year
- Corporate notice of assessment for the most recent fiscal year
Important: You must bring all required documents with you to your meeting. If you do not bring the required documents, your meeting will be cancelled and you will need to return again. If you currently receive subsidy, your subsidy may be withdrawn.