Specific criteria are used to check if a family qualifies for the Affordable Child Care Benefit.
Residency and citizenship status
A parent or guardian must be:
Type of care
Most types of child care are eligible. Child care by a family member who lives with you, licensed occasional care and recreational care are not eligible for funding.
Reason for child care
Parents must provide one of the following reasons for requiring child care:
A formula is used to calculate whether a family qualifies for a funding amount based on their annual income and deductions, or adjustments. This step is called income testing.
Generally speaking, families that earn up to $111,000 may qualify for funding. Families that earn more than $111,000, but have considerable deductions for family size or children who have special needs, can also apply.
Families may be exempt from income testing if they are caring for someone else’s child under a Ministry of Children and Family Development placement.
Apply for funding before the end of the month in which you need child care. For example, if you would like to receive funding for child care starting September 1, you need to apply by September 30.