Child Care Operating Funding

Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) is available for eligible licensed providers through CCOF Base Funding, the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) and the Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement (ECE-WE).

This funding is available to:

  • assist with the day-to-day costs of running a licensed child care facility,
  • reduce fees for parents, and
  • enhance Early Childhood Educator wages.

Participation in CCOF Base Funding, CCFRI and ECE-WE is optional. However, enrolment in CCOF Base Funding is required to apply for CCFRI and ECE-WE.

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 Eligibility Requirements and Details

CCOF Base Funding assists with the day to day costs of running a licensed child care facility. This funding helps child care providers maintain quality child care for the community.


Base Funding is available to licensed Family and Group child care providers.

The program is optional; however, CCOF Base Funding is required to participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and the Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement.

Read more about CCOF Base Funding.

The CCFRI enhances child care affordability by offering funding to eligible, licensed child care providers to reduce and stabilize monthly child care fees. Child care providers must apply to receive funding; Parents do not need to apply.

Participation in the CCFRI is optional, however providers must be approved for CCOF Base Funding to be eligible. Organizations can choose to apply for the CCFRI at any time during the CCOF Funding Agreement term. However, the Ministry encourages organizations to opt in to the CCFRI right away, as the CCFRI supports providers in reducing the monthly child care costs by up to $350/month for families in their care.


Providers eligible for CCOF Base Funding can apply for the CCFRI if they have any of these eligible care categories:

  • Group infant/toddler care (Under 36 months)
  • Family infant/toddler care (Under 36 months)
  • Group care for children aged 3 years to Kindergarten
  • Family care for children aged 3 years to Kindergarten

Read more about the CCFRI.

As part of Government's Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy, front-line Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) working in licensed child care facilities receiving Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) are eligible to receive a $2 per hour wage enhancement.

Child care providers need to apply in order to receive funding. Participation in the ECE Wage Enhancement is voluntary.


Child care providers who receive CCOF Base Funding and have opted in to the CCFRI (if eligible) can apply for the ECE Wage Enhancement. Universal Child Care Prototype Sites are also eligible.

Front-line ECEs, including those who are also owner/operators of a licensed child care facility, are eligible for the wage enhancement if they are directly employed by a licensed child care facility that meets the child care provider requirements above.

Read more about the ECE Wage Enhancement.