Child Care Subsidy

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Child Care Subsidy is a monthly payment to assist eligible British Columbia families with the cost of child care. Monthly subsidy payments vary depending on the family’s circumstances.

1. Residency

The parent/Guardian must be a resident of British Columbia.

2. Citizenship    

The parent must be a Canadian citizen, a Permanent Resident of Canada, a Convention Refugee or a Person in need of protection.

3. Eligible Child Care    

Eligible child care arrangements in BC include both licensed and unlicensed options

  • group child care facilities;
  • preschools; and
  • care in the child care provider’s home or your own

4. Reason for Child Care

Parents must have one of the following reasons for needing child care:

  • Employed or self-employed;
  • Attending an educational institution or enrolled in distance education;
  • Seeking employment or participating in an employment-related program (only one parent can be seeking employment);
  • Have a medical condition that interferes with the parent’s ability to care for their child(ren);
  • Have a child attending a licensed preschool; or 
  • Have been referred by a Ministry of Children and Family Development or Delegated Aboriginal Agency social worker.

5. Income    

The amount of subsidy is determined by the family’s total net income.

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