Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative


New applications to participate in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative are still being received.

Look up child care locations participating in the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative as of Oct 15, 2018.

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The Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative lowers the cost of child care for parents each month. Parents do not need to apply for the fee reduction.

Child care providers that are approved to opt in to the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative receive funding to reduce parent fees.

If a child provider is participating in the program, parents with a child in full-time care will see amounts reduced by:

  • $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

Child care providers will reduce their fees when they receive the fee reduction funding, on the 20th day of the month after they are approved.


A note to providers: Do not reduce your parent fees until you are approved for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative.


Fee reduction amounts are set by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. They are based on:

  • Type of child care
  • The number of children enrolled for full-time care (part-time enrolments receive a pro-rated amount)

For more information:

Fee increases: Every facility that applies for the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) is asked to provide their historical, current and planned monthly fees in order to ensure the intended benefit for parents is not unreasonably diluted through fee increases.

If the provider has planned fee increases that are higher than expected norms, they are asked to provide supporting evidence to explain why such an increase is necessary. Fee increases will be reviewed to see if:

  • The increased fees are in line with other provider fees in the area
  • The reason for the fee increase is because of a genuine, unexpected expense

Before raising fees, child care providers are expected to first explore other funding options: