Income and Family Contributions

There are several factors that are considered when assessing child care subsidy eligibility:

  • Family Adjusted Net Income (line 236 of your most recent Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency. In a two-parent household, it will be the total of both parents.)
  • Business revenue and expenses if self-employed
  • Parents' work or school schedule
  • The family or child's needs, as documented in a Medical or Special Needs referral
  • Number of days and cost of care required
  • Changes in income due to schooling or parental leave
  • Family composition; custody agreements and schedules, court orders, etc.

There is no cut-off income level for eligibility for subsidy, as long as your eligible child care costs are higher than the family contribution assessed by the subsidy office.

  • If your Family Adjusted Net Income is less than $20,000 your eligible child care will be fully subsidized by the City.
  • If your Family Adjusted Net Income is over $20,000 you will be required to pay a portion of your eligible child care costs.
  • If your family is in receipt of Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or OW Temporary Care Allowance, your eligible child care will be fully subsidized by the City.

Please see examples below. 

Example of Family Contributions for Child Care at Different Income Levels

Annual Family Income

Your Monthly Contribution