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Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System

On March 28, 2022, the federal and provincial governments announced a funding agreement that will reduce the average cost of child care in Ontario.

Licensed child care centres and licensed home child care providers can apply to Niagara Region Children's Services to participate in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System in 2022 on or before Sept. 1, 2022.

Providers that join the system in 2022 will reduce fees for children under the age of six (by June 30, 2022) by up to 25 per cent (to a minimum of $12 per day), retroactive to April 1, 2022. Participating child care centres and home child care providers will further reduce child care fees by 50 per cent on average, as of January 1, 2023.

Enrolment

Once a child care centre or home child care provider applies, there is a process for each approved licensee to enter into a purchase of service agreement with Niagara Region. Once this is completed, the licensee is considered enrolled.

Once a licensee has been enrolled, eligible parents will be contacted by their provider about a rebate for their reduction in applicable fees paid after April 1, 2022, for eligible children.

Enrolment is optional, and parents will only receive a rebate if their child care provider participates in the system. Parents must continue to pay their current fees while their provider decides whether to join the system and complete the enrolment process. Talk to your family's child care centre or home child care provider to learn if they plan to enroll this year.

Niagara Region is working with local child care centres and home child care providers to create a consistent and streamlined approach for enrollment in the system.

More information

See the official announcements:

Learn about our child care subsidy to get financial help with child care costs.

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