Child Care Fee Subsidy

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COVID-19 Update

Emergency child care services for children 3.8 years to 12 years old (junior kindergarten, senior kindergarten and school aged children) is available for provincially-identified essential service workers in the City and County of Peterborough beginning Monday April 19.

The emergency child care service is provided at no cost to eligible families of identified essential service workers under the provincial program that is administered by the City of Peterborough.

In order to be eligible, families must have no other option for child care and both parents/all adults must be working outside of their home. Families can indicate they are an essential worker and register for emergency child care at Families who have used Emergency Child Care in the past must re-register. Registration will be managed by the chosen emergency child care agency. Final approvals will be completed by City of Peterborough staff. Registrations for new Emergency Child Care spaces will open on Thursday, April 15.

It is the family’s responsibility to apply for and follow up with their chosen Emergency Child Care agency. If a space is not available at the location the family prefers, the family should apply else where. There are currently 18 child care sites providing emergency child care.

With the exception of the emergency child care agencies, all other operators of before and after school programs are required to close on April 19, 2021 and are prohibited from charging fees or otherwise penalizing parents during the closure  period (e.g., parents must not lose their respective child care spaces). Families that currently receive a child care fee subsidy may contact their case manager through email or phone if needed.

The Premier of Ontario announced a province wide shutdown of in-person learning at all publicly-funded and private schools beginning April 19, 2021. All publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools will move to remote learning.  

Licensed centre based and home child care can remain open for the duration of the shutdown. At this time most licensed child care centres in the City and County of Peterborough are open and providing regular full day services for children aged 0 – 3.8 years.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres will be closed to in-person programs and services during the Provincial State of Emergency. This means that neither indoor nor outdoor programming can be offered during the shutdown. EarlyON Centres will continue to offer a large variety of virtual programming until during this time.

 Child Care Fee Subsidy helps with the cost of child care. Subsidized care is available for licensed child care centres and licensed home-based child care agencies that have an agreement with the City of Peterborough.

Apply for Child Care Fee Subsidy

Please fill out an application form to apply for subsidy, or call us at 705-748-8830 to complete an application by phone.

To qualify for subsidy, you must:

And you must be involved in one of the following:


Your appointment

Before your appointment:

  1. Once we receive your application you will be contacted to set up an appointment
  2. You will need to reserve a child care space within a Licenced Child Care centre or Licenced Home Child Care Agency. For information on how to register for a child care space, visit the new online registry and waitlist.
  3. You will need to submit your Notice of Assessment (NOA) or Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) from Canada Revenue Agency to before making an appointment
  4. If care is needed in the future, or there is a waitlist for Child Care Fee Subsidy, you will be required to submit your NOA or CCTB before being placed on the waitlist.

Make sure to bring the following to your appointment:

If approved for Subsidy, you will be required to come in to review your file once a year.

Ongoing Child Care Subsidy Clients

Helpful documents:

Finding/Applying to child care

You must choose your child care arrangement. But we can help.

Apply for Child Care in the City and County of Peterborough using the new OneHSN Waitlist and Registry system.

OneHSN is a safe, secure, fast and convenient way to allow parents to:

  • Locate programs close to either home or work.
  • Apply for several child care options in one application.
  • Access OneHSN website anytime, anywhere.

Complete your Application

 Finding Child Care just got easier; One application for child care; its safe, fast and convenient

Licensed child care

The Child Care and Early Years Act set specific rules, regulations and standards that child care agencies must follow to get and keep a licence. Licensed child care providers should have programs that include both active and quiet play, crafts, pretend play, outdoor play and many other kinds of learning. Licensed Child Care can be provided through:

  • A Child Care Centre
  • Home Child Care agencies

View our Quality Child Care Brochure for more information.

Unlicensed or informal child care

Child Care Fee Subsidy for unlicensed or informal child care may be available for those who receive Ontario Works. If you are on Ontario Works and in need of Child Care Fee Subsidy please contact your case manager.

Checking the quality of care

You have the responsibility of checking the care your child is receiving when you use unlicensed or informal child care. Learn how you can check for quality in an informal home child care Quality Child Care Brochure.

Financial criteria

Household Income
Please enter the income from Line 236 of the recent Notice of Assessment. (Form T451)
Your Income
Your Partner's Income
# of Children
Select the number of children from each age group
0 - 18 Months
19 - 30 Months
31 Months - 6 Years
7 - 13 Years
Are you Eligible?