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.


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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.

If you do not submit your CRA consent form by the deadline, your funding will end on August 31, 2018.

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.