Affordable Child Care Benefit
On September 1, 2018, the Affordable Child Care Benefit will replace the Child Care Subsidy. The new funding will help families with the cost of child care, depending on factors like family size, type of care and household income.
The Affordable Child Care Benefit replaces the current Child Care Subsidy on the basis of amendments made to the Child Care Subsidy Regulation.
How It Works
What to Do Next
Before the new Affordable Child Care Benefit starts, families that earn $40,000 or less can still apply for the old Child Care Subsidy, and families that earn up to $55,000 may also be eligible.
If you do not currently have a child care benefit plan and you need child care in August 2018, see if you qualify for the Child Care Subsidy.
After you apply, you will get instructions on how to change over to the new Affordable Child Care Benefit.
Follow these steps to switch over to the new Affordable Child Care Benefit.
Step 1: Give permission to share your income information
Make sure there's no interruption to your funding – complete these steps by August 31, 2018.
- A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) consent form (PDF, 1MB) was included with a letter that went out to parents in June 2018 – please complete the form for you and your spouse (if applicable)
- Before the deadline of August 31, 2018, return the CRA consent form to the Child Care Service Centre, OR email a scanned copy or photo of it to ACCBenefitCRAconsent@gov.bc.ca
If you do not submit your CRA consent form by the deadline, your funding will end on August 31, 2018.
- Find out more about sharing your income information with the Ministry of Children & Family Development
Step 2: Stay in touch
Call 1-888-338-6622 to update your address or to let us know if your circumstances have changed.
Step 3: More information is coming
If you have a current benefit plan approved for September 2018, a new benefit plan will be created. You and your child care provider will receive information about this in August 2018.