Paying for child care
Every centre- and home-based child care provider is responsible for setting their own fees. You may qualify for government grants and subsidies to help you pay for child care:
Child care subsidy
Ontario's child care subsidy helps eligible families pay for child care. The Ontario government, municipal governments and First Nations communities share the cost of the program.
Who can apply?
You can qualify for the child care subsidy if you are the parent and your child:
The amount you pay for child care depends on your family's adjusted net income. Your adjusted net income equals:
How to apply
The ministry provides funding for fee subsidies to Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs), District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs) and First Nations. You can apply for the child care subsidy or get more information about this program by contacting your local CMSM / DSSAB. For First Nations, please contact your local band office administrator.
Other supports for families
There are grants and other supports available from the provincial and federal government that can help families with the cost of raising children.
The Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) is financial support that low-to-moderate income families – whether they are working or not – may receive to help provide for their children.
Who can apply?
There is no application for the OCB. Depending on your family income, you may qualify for the OCB, if you:
Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families
The Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) consolidates several provincial child benefits into one benefit that is provided to low- and moderate-income families with children under 18 years old.
Since the introduction of the OCB in 2007, OCCS payments have been reduced by the amount of a family’s OCB. OCCS ended in July 2014 as the maximum annual OCB increased to $1,310 per child. The final OCCS entitlement will be paid for June 2014, with a final application deadline for this entitlement by December 31, 2015. Please note that no OCCS entitlements will be paid if an application is filed after December 31, 2015. Eligible families will continue to receive child benefit payments through the OCB.
As announced in the 2014 Ontario Budget, the government will begin indexing the OCB maximum benefit, and the income threshold at which the OCB starts to be reduced, to annual increases in the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI). This will take effect in July 2015, and will help safeguard the purchasing power of the OCB from erosion due to inflation.
Learn more about the Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families.
Universal Child Care Benefit
The Government of Canada's Universal Child Care Benefit helps Canadian families pay for child care costs.
Who can apply?
You can apply if you have a child under the age of six.