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Paying for Childcare

Fee Assistance (fee subsidy) helps with the cost of licensed child care, so it is more affordable for low-income families. 

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Fee Assistance (fee subsidy) helps with the cost of licensed child care, so it is more affordable for families with a lower income.

If you are the parent, foster parent or legal guardian of a child from birth to 12 years of age that lives with you, depending on your income and your eligible hours of care, you may qualify for fee subsidy.

Subsidized care may be available at our municipal child care and school age programs as well as at 46 other child care centres and 2 home-based child care programs.

Qualifying for Child Care Fee Assistance (Fee Subsidy)

Calculator IconChild Care Fee Assistance is available to families living in the City and County of Peterborough.

Eligibility is based on both income and eligible hours of care, and is available to families who meet the following criteria: 

  • Have children aged from birth to 12 years.
  • Are working or enrolled in an education or training program during the hours when your child will be in child care.
  • When the health, safety and well-being of a family member is a risk.
  • Are in financial need, as determined by the Income Test

Income Test

This is how parental contributions are determined

Income up to $20,000 No parent contribution, city pays full fee
Income for $20,000 - $40,000 Parental Contribution is 10% of their income over $20,000
Income over $40,000 Parents contribution is 30% of their total income over $20,000