Affordable Child Care Benefit

The new Affordable Child Care Benefit will assist families with the financial challenge of child care, starting September 2018.


Did You Receive a Letter in June?

Changes are happening quickly! Parents who currently receive Child Care Subsidy were mailed a letter in June 2018. Find out what to do next.

Great – here's how you can follow-up.

Step 1: Give permission to share your income information

Make sure there's no interruption to your funding – complete these steps by August 15, 2018.

Step 2: Stay in touch

If your circumstances change between now and September, please give us a call at 1-888-338-6622.

Step 3: Another letter is coming

  • If you have a current benefit plan approved for September, a new benefit plan will be created for you – information about this will be sent out in August
  • If you do not have a current benefit plan approved for September, you will receive a letter with instructions in August 2018 on how to complete the online application

Don't worry. Here's what you can do next.

Step 1: Give permission to share your income information

Make sure there's no interruption to your funding – complete these steps by August 15, 2018.

Step 2: Update your address

Please call 1-888-338-6622 to update your address or to let us know if your circumstances have changed.

After that, you will receive a letter that outlines next steps – for example

  • If you have a current benefit plan approved for September, a new benefit plan will be created for you – information about this will be sent out in August
  • If you do not have a current benefit plan approved for September, you will receive a letter with instructions in August 2018 on how to complete the online application

Starting August 1, 2018, visit this site to

  • Use the estimator tool to calculate how much you qualify for based on your family size, type of care and household income
  • Submit an application

Starting in September 2018

Starting in September 2018, this funding will

  • Replace the Child Care Subsidy
  • Be available for child care based on family size, type of care, and household income

The new Affordable Child Care Benefit replaces the current Child Care Subsidy on the basis of amendments to be made to the Child Care Subsidy Regulation.

The Affordable Child Care Benefit is like the Child Care Subsidy – it provides money to help cover the cost of child care.

Families that are currently approved for Child Care Subsidy will receive the same or more financial support, regardless of the type of care they use – in fact, many families will see an increase.

In September 2018, families could qualify for up to $1,250 monthly funding, depending on their family size, type of child care, and household income.

Financial support for child care will be based on household income – the combined amount that a child’s primary guardians earn.

This means parents will now provide consent to have their income confirmed directly with CRA. This speeds up the application process and is similar to how other government programs, like Pharmacare, verify income information.

If you currently receive Child Care Subsidy:

  • Complete the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) consent form (PDF, 1MB) for you and your spouse (if applicable)
  • Before August 15, 2018, return the form to the Child Care Service Centre, or email a scanned copy or photo to ACCBenefitCRAconsent@gov.bc.ca
  • Please call 1-888-338-6622 if you did not receive the letter that went out to parents requesting CRA consent. You can also let us know if you have a new address or if your circumstances change between now and September

If you do not currently receive Child Care Subsidy: You can provide consent to confirm your income with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) when you apply online starting in August 2018.

If you haven’t filed your taxes with the CRA: You can provide other supporting documents to prove your income – more details about this option will be available in July 2018.


Affordable Child Care Benefit & Fee Reduction

The new Affordable Child Care Benefit works along with the Child Care Fee Reduction (launched in April 2018). Both programs are funding tools that serve the same goal of reducing the cost of child care. In both programs, there’s a role for the child care provider and the parent.

Ask your licensed child care provider if they have opted in to the fee reduction program.