COVID-19 Emergency Changes to the Affordable Child Care Benefit

Last Updated: May 14, 2020

Changes to the Affordable Child Care Benefit (ACCB) mean that families may continue receiving the benefit even if:

  • The child was, or will be, absent for over two weeks due to COVID-19
  • The parent no longer has a valid reason for child care due to COVID-19

Information for Parents

This change covers families who had existing benefit plans, or families who applied and were found eligible under the original criteria at the time of application. These families may receive their previous benefit amount for the duration of the public health emergency. 

ACCB is only available if the family’s child care provider remains open and is charging a fee.

All parents must call the Child Care Service Centre or send a message via My Family Services to report changes in their circumstances.

Families who have experienced a change in household income may be eligible for an increased benefit amount.

Information for Child Care Providers

Child care providers who remain open and charge fees can continue to claim ACCB even if the child was, or will be, absent for over two weeks due to COVID-19. Providers who are closed cannot claim ACCB.

Providers receiving temporary emergency funding can claim ACCB for the period that they are charging fees as outlined in the TEF Guidelines.