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Apply for child care subsidy

Child care subsidy reduces the amount of money that you pay for licensed child care for your children 12 years or younger.

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To apply, you must:

If you’re currently looking for work, you are not eligible for child care subsidy. You will need to wait until you have a confirmed work offer before applying.

Check your eligibility

Family composition

Family composition is a key part of assessing child care subsidy eligibility.

We’ll consider details like the status of the parent’s relationship, number of children needing child care, decision-making responsibilities in place, and other living arrangements. To learn more, refer to the family composition policy.

What you need

You’ll need to provide the 2023 Notice of Assessment or Canada Child Benefit Notice for each parent on your child care subsidy application.

During the application process, you’ll also need to provide all the required documents and identification.

How to apply

We recommend applying 4 weeks before you need child care. How to apply depends on your situation.

If you have received or applied for subsidy:

If you are:

If you have never applied for or received a subsidy in Peel Region

Create a Children’s Services account to access the online application. Use your first and last name and date of birth, not your child’s, when creating your account.

Create account and apply

Get help creating an account and applying online

If you’re not able to apply online, or have arrived in Canada this year and don’t have a Notice of Assessment, you can apply by phone. Call us at 905-793-9200, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone wait times may be shorter in the morning.

Who to contact

If you have questions or would like more information, call us at 905-793-9200, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone wait times may be shorter in the morning.

More information

Get help applying for subsidy

Find licensed child care

You can find a child care space by using the licensed child care search tool.

When you find a child care space, contact the provider to see if they have a spot available for your child. Do not register your child with the provider until we’ve approved your child care subsidy.