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What is Child Care Subsidy?

Child care subsidies are provided to help families with their child care costs for children up to and including 12 years of age in licensed child care programs. Subsidized care is available in Centre-Based, School-Based, and Home Child Care Programs ​or​ Accredited Recreation and Skill Building Programs for school-age children 6-12 years of age.

Who Can Apply for Child Care Subsidy?

Child Care Subsidy may be available to families living in Windsor and Essex County who are looking to access licensed Child Care Centre-Based, School-Based or Home Child Care Programs (for children newborn to 12 years of age), as well as High Five Accredited Recreation Programs (for children 6-12 years of age).

In order to qualify for Child Care Subsidy you need to:

  • Be a resident of Windsor/Essex County or in Windsor/Essex on a student/work visa and in receipt of the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)
  • Be the child's parent/legal guardian/temporary or kinship parent, and the child must live with you
  • File a Federal Tax Return (in accordance with Revenue Canada Guidelines) for the most recent tax year
  • Have a demonstrated need for child care by either attending school, working, or having a referral in writing by an agency, doctor, or other professional who is currently working with you or your child

How Much Will I Pay?

The amount is calculated based on line 236 of the current year’s Notice of Assessment (NOA) or the family net income stated on the current year’s Canadian Child Benefit Notice (CCB) for one or two parent families as applicable. If you have not lived in Canada for more than one year and have not filed a tax return, you may still qualify for Child Care Subsidy.

How Do I Apply?

To complete an application for Child Care Subsidy, please visit onehsn.com/windsor.

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Please note: the information on this website is only a guideline and is subject to change. It does not reflect all policies and procedures of the Children's Services Department. If you require further clarification on any of the information presented here, please contact us at (519) 255-5312.

Ontario Child Care Tax Credit

Starting with the 2019 tax year, the government is providing families with a tax credit to help reduce child care costs. Ontario’s Child Care Tax Credit gives parents the flexibility to access a broad range of child care choices, including care in centres, homes, camps and other settings.

Starting this week, the ministry is launching a targeted digital campaign to raise awareness among Ontario parents about how  the Ontario Child Care Tax Credit will assist low- and moderate-income families with eligible child care expenses. The campaign will feature both social media and digital banner ads, as well as paid Google search. Advertising will drive audiences to a landing page (www.ontario.ca/childcarecredit) for more information about the new tax credit.

As part of the work, the ministry has developed:

  • A public website in both English and French; and
  • The enclosed fact sheets for parents.

For more information: