Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative

The Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) enhances child care affordability by offering funding to eligible, licensed child care providers to reduce and stabilize parents’ monthly child care fees. 

Child care providers must apply to receive funding. Parents do not need to apply.

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Participation in CCFRI is optional and providers can apply at any time during the funding term. 

Parents and staff can contact the Child Care Service Centre for information about a facility’s CCFRI application.

Providers applying to CCFRI are not required to reduce their parent fees until they receive written approval from the Child Care Operating Funding (CCOF) program. Any reduction in fees passed on to parents prior to receiving approval are at the provider's own risk.

What’s new for 2022/23:

  • Clarifying the types of expenses that can be approved if a facility is requesting a fee increase due to exceptional circumstances
  • Establishing upper limits for fee increases that may be approved under these Guidelines, including historical fee increases, and fee increases due to exceptional circumstances
  • Clarifying that any increase to existing (or introduction of new) administrative fees will be considered a parent fee increase subject to ministry review under these Guidelines

Eligibility

To apply, the facility must offer at least one eligible child care category:

  • 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

If the facility does not charge a parent fee, it may still be eligible.

Review the full eligibility requirements based on the CCOF Agreement term:

New, New-to-CCFRI and Modified Facilities

To continue to keep new child care spaces affordable for B.C. families, a cap on fees for new child care facilities receiving the CCFRI was announced on January 14, 2021.

Since April 1, 2021, New, New-to-CCFRI and Modified Facilities applying to CCFRI are required to set their parent fees in line with other local providers delivering the same type of care.

Exceptions:

  • New Facilities that applied for provincial funding to create new licensed spaces prior to April 1, 2021, and who were approved for this funding
  • Established facilities who add a new CCFRI-eligible care category at the same physical address
  • Other limited exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis that can be initiated once a facility has applied for CCOF and opted-in to CCFRI. These exceptions may include:
  • Proof that significant steps have already been taken (such as signing a lease or mortgage) to create a new facility prior to the announcement of this policy change in January, 2021
  • The new facility will be open and operational by March 31, 2022
  • Proposed fees that are only slightly higher than the affordability benchmark in their region

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Rates

Approved providers receive the following amounts to reduce parent fees for full-time care:

  • $350/month for group infant/toddler care (under 36 months)
  • $200/month for family infant/toddler care (under 36 months)
  • $100/month for group care for children aged 3 to Kindergarten
  • $60/month for family care for children aged 3 to Kindergarten

Part-time care receives a pro-rated amount.

CCFRI Provider Payment

Providers also receive a CCFRI Provider Payment equivalent to 20% of the facility’s CCOF Base Funding for CCFRI eligible care categories to offset the costs associated with participating in CCFRI.

Once approved

Providers approved to participate in the CCFRI are required to:

  • Notify parents of fee reduction amounts, and any fee increase(s)
  • Reduce fees for parents by the fee reduction rates
  • Notify staff if a fee increase was approved based on the intention to increase their wage(s)
  • Remain enrolled for the duration of the CCOF funding agreement