Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy

Questions about subsidy and child care benefits in Canada? There are several government funding options that could help you with the costs of daycare. Here at BrightPath, our team is always available to help with the complexity of government support. 

Table of Contents

Child Care Subsidy in
  1. Eligibility
  2. How to Apply
    Child Care Subsidy in
    British Columbia
    1. Eligibility
    2. How to Apply

    Child Care Subsidy in Ontario

    Eligible Regions

    We accept subsidies in the following Ontario regions:

    There are a variety of different government-provided funds available to assist families with the cost of child care in Ontario. 

    1. Ontario Child Care Fee Subsidy

    Families can apply for the Ontario child care fee subsidy. The cost of this program is shared by the Ontario government, municipal governments and First Nations communities.


    Families can apply if: 

    • your child is under 13 years old (or up to 18 years old if your child has special needs and meets other criteria*)
    • your child is enrolled in a licensed child care program 


    The amount you pay for child care depends on your family's adjusted net income.

    To calculate your net income:

    • Take your net income amount on line 236 of the Canada Revenue Agency personal income tax form

    Then subtract:

    • Any federal Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) payments (the UCCB is not considered in determining a family's child care fee subsidy)

    How to Apply

    The Ministry of Education provides funding for fee subsidies. To apply for the child care subsidy or to get more information about this program, visit your municipal government website or contact your local:

    Learn more about the Ontario Child Care Fee Subsidy.

    2. Ontario Child Benefit

    The Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) helps low-to-moderate income families – whether they are working or not – to provide for their children.


    Depending on your family income, you may qualify for the OCB, if you:

    • are the primary caregiver of a child under 18
    • are a resident of Ontario
    • have filed and had assessed your previous year's income tax return, and so has your spouse or common-law partner, and
    • have registered your child for the federal Canada Child Tax Benefit

    How to Apply

    There is no application required for the OCB

    Learn more about the OCB.

    3. Canada Child Benefit

    The Canada Child Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment. It helps families pay for the costs of raising children under the age of 18.

    Learn more about the Canada Child Benefit

    Child Care Subsidy in Alberta

    We accept subsidies at all our Alberta BrightPath locations. Subsidy rates vary based on the child’s age, family income, the child care program and the number of hours a child attends each month. 

    Types of child care subsidies include:

    • subsidy for children 0 to kindergarten-age (in kindergarten and also attending child care during regular school hours)
    • subsidy for children in kindergarten to grade 6 enrolled in a licensed program outside of regular school hours


    You can apply for child care subsidy if:

    • you or your spouse or partner, or the child receiving care, are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
    • you or your spouse or partner are an Alberta resident
    • you and your spouse or partner:
      • are working, or looking for work
      • are attending school
      • have special needs, or your child has a special need
    • your children are 12 years old or younger and are not yet attending Grade 7
    • your children have a secured spot in a licensed facility-based program with daycare or out-of-school care programming

    The amount of subsidy you receive and which program you qualify for will depend on the age of your child, type of child care program and your household income. 

    You are eligible if:

    • your total family income is less than $180,000 per year for children 0 to kindergarten age (for those children who are in kindergarten and also attending child care during regular school hours).
      • You will also benefit from reduced fees through an affordability grant provided directly to child care operators. The combined benefits of affordability grants and subsidies should be considered when estimating your new costs. 
    • your total family income is less than $90,000 per year for children in kindergarten to Grade 6 enrolled in a licensed program outside of regular school hours.

    How to Apply

    1. Read the eligibility requirements and make sure you understand what happens after you apply.
    2. Complete the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Consent Applicant Declaration and Acknowledgement form, if you haven't completed it in the past.
    3. Complete the Child Care Subsidy application online using your MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) account.
    4. Provide additional information or documents as requested during the assessment process.

    Learn more about the Alberta Child Care Subsidy.

    Child Care Subsidy in British Columbia

    We accept subsidies at all our British Columbia BrightPath locations.

    The Affordable Child Care Benefit is a monthly payment to help eligible families with the cost of child care. Factors like income, family size, and type of care determine how much support families can get. 


    • A parent or guardian must be:
      • a resident of B.C. (you must have a current B.C. address)
      • a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection
    • Families must provide one of the following reasons for requiring child care:
      • Working or self-employed
      • Attending school
      • Participating in an employment program
      • Looking for work (only one parent or guardian)
      • Living with a medical condition that interferes with your ability to care for your child
      • Your child is attending licensed preschool
      • You have been referred by a Ministry of Children and Family Development or Delegated Aboriginal Agency social worker.
    • Generally speaking, families that earn up to $111,000 may qualify for funding. Families that earn more than $111,000, but have considerable deductions for family size or children who have special needs, can also apply.
    • Apply for funding before the end of the month in which you need child care. For example, if you would like to receive funding for child care starting September 1, you need to apply by September 30.
    • Most types of child care are eligible. Child care by a family member who lives with you, licensed occasional care and recreational care are not eligible for funding.

    How to Apply
    Families need to renew their applications every year.

    Estimate Your Funding

    Apply For Funding

    Learn more about the Affordable Child Care Benefit.