The Region of Peel provides financial assistance to help families with their child care costs for children up to 12 years of age in licensed child care programs.
Subsidized care is available in centre-based, school-based and home-based child care programs in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.
As of September 2014, children eligible for full-day kindergarten can only access a child care fee subsidy for the extended day (before-and-after school) programs, including PA days, March Break and other school holidays.
Families with children up to 12 years of age who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for a child care fee subsidy.
To be eligible for a child care fee subsidy you must:
You can apply if you are working full time or part time. To verify your hours of work you must provide two recent consecutive pay stubs or a letter from your employer on company letterhead confirming the hours of work and rate of pay.
You are generally considered to be self-employed if you are actively working in a self-employed activity and you claim business expenses against your income.
You must be attending school or a recognized training program on a full-time or part-time regular basis. This may include high school, English as a Second Language (ESL), college/university and training programs.
Please note: If your English as a Second Language or training program provides child care, you will not be able to receive assistance through the child care fee subsidy program.
Families with special needs
Call us to complete a referral if you require child care due to the special needs of your child.
Ontario Works participants
If you are participating in the Ontario Works Program and need child care, contact your Ontario Works Case Worker.
Currently there is no wait list for a child care fee subsidy. You can apply when you need assistance with your child care costs as follows:
We recommend that you apply four to six weeks before your confirmed start date to ensure we have enough time to review your application and for you to attend your appointment.
Follow these simple steps to prescreen your eligibility and apply for a child care fee subsidy:
Step 1: Find a Child Care Provider
Subsidized child care is available in centre-based, school-based and home-based child care programs in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga:
For help with choosing a licensed child care program, please visit Child Development Resource Connection Peel - Licensed Child Care or call 905-890-9432. Note: Please choose a program with fee subsidy.
Once you have chosen a provider that meets your needs, please proceed to Step 2 to see if you meet the financial eligibility requirements for a child care fee subsidy.
To determine if you meet the financial eligibility, please, complete the Eligibility Calculator with the following documents on hand:
Note: if you do not have your current NOA, contact Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at 1-800-959-8281 and ask for an Option C or-1-800-387-1193 for the Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice.
Note: The eligibility calculator indicates whether or not you may be eligible, based on the financial information you provide and the criteria shown in "What are the eligibility criteria for child care fee subsidy?" We also consider how many of your children need a child care fee subsidy.
If the Eligibility Calculator and results of the Child Care Fee Subsidy Eligibility Checklist suggest that you may be eligible, then proceed to Step 3.
Step 3: Complete Your Application
You may apply for a child care fee subsidy as follows:
Please have the following information available when completing your application:
An Assessment Worker will review your information with you and determine whether you may meet the eligibility requirements.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, an appointment will be made with you to come to one our offices in Brampton or Mississauga. The Assessment Worker will send you a list of documents you are required to bring to your appointment. Both parents, if applicable, must attend the meeting.
If you do not meet eligibility requirements, the Assessment Worker will review with you the reason(s) why.
Step 4: Attend Your Appointment
You will meet with a Children's Service Worker who will verify the information on your application based on the documents you bring to your appointment. Your eligibility can only be determined if you bring all mandatory documents for all family members to your in-person appointment. Please note that 48 hours' notice is required for appointment cancellations/re-bookings. To cancel or re-book your appointment contact extension 1810. During peak times you may experience an additional wait time for your appointment.
If you meet all of the eligibility criteria, the Children's Services Worker will:
If you are not eligible to receive a child care fee subsidy, the Children’s Services Worker will explain why.
For important information on child care fee subsidy and the requirements for maintaining your child care fee subsidy, please review the Parent Agreement.