The Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) system was initiated and funded by the Government of Canada. CWELCC is a five-year plan to reduce the cost of child care to an average of $10 per day by 2026.

The City is working with the Province of Ontario to implement this program for families with eligible children.

Please contact your child care programs directly for the status of their CWELCC participation.

Children under the age of six (or who turned six before June 30, 2022) in a licensed child care program participating in CWELCC, are eligible for fee reductions that will help with the cost of child care.

If your child is in a participating Kindergarten, Family-Age Group or Home Child CWELCC program and turns six they are eligible for a fee reduction until June 30 or the end of the month that they turn six.

If your child is enrolled in a participating School-Age CWELCC program and turns six, they are eligible until the end of the month they turn six.

CWELCC funding will lower child care fees in participating licensed child care programs by 25% in 2022 (retroactive to April 1). Then a reduction to 50% of fees beginning on December 31, 2022. The amount you will save depends on the current fees that you pay for your eligible children.

The deadline for licensed child care programs to decide to be part of the program and opt in, or opt out, of CWELCC was November 1, 2022.

The City continues to review applications from the licensed child care programs who applied to participate in CWELCC.

Once licensed child care programs are approved to participate in CWELCC, they will receive funding to refund and reduce the fees to families retroactive to April 1, 2022 for eligible children. If you are currently enrolled in a licensed child care program, your program should notify you of the change in your fee.

If a licensed child care program decides not to participate in CWELCC, they must notify families of this decision. Families will have 30 days to provide notice of withdrawal with no penalty if they choose to find alternate care options.

The Child Care Fee Subsidy program continues to be available for eligible families. A families’ assessed fee may be reduced with CWELCC, depending on the number of eligible children.