Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative
The Ministry has now completed assessments for 75% of CCFRI applications. For those who have requested non-standard fee increases, temporary approval at your previous contract rate has been provided while assessments are underway.
The Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) lowers the cost of child care for parents each month. Parents do not need to apply for the fee reduction.
Look up child care locations now participating in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative.
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Child care providers need to apply in order to receive funding. Participation in CCFRI is voluntary.
If a child care provider is approved to participate in the program, parents with a child in full-time care will see fees reduced by up to:
- $350/month for group infant/toddler care
- $200/month for family infant/toddler care
- $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 will receive a pro-rated amount.
New for 2019/20: Providers are required to share the following information with parents receiving CCFRI benefit, in writing, within 30 days of being approved for CCFRI:
If a facility is approved for an exceptional fee increase associated with increasing direct-care staff wages, providers are required to share this information with affected staff. Given that each staff member may receive a different wage increase, providers are not required to share the amount of the anticipated wage increase with staff.
Parents and staff can also contact the ministry for high-level information about a provider’s CCFRI application/approval status, including:
Note: Organizations are not required to reduce their parent fees until approved for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative and payment is received. Any payments made prior to receiving approval and payment are at the organization's own risk.
Find out more:
- Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative funding guidelines (PDF)
- Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative FAQs (PDF)
- View the assessment process from application to decision (PDF)
Before raising parent fees, child care providers are expected to first explore other funding options: