Education and Early Childhood Development
June 28, 2019

Income Threshold for Child Care Subsidy Increased, Effective July 1

To help reduce the costs of child care for parents, the threshold for a full subsidy has been adjusted to $35,000 net family income. This is the second adjustment to the threshold in just two years which was most recently raised to $32,000 in June 2017. A partial subsidy is also available to many families with higher than the $35,000 net family income.

With the new threshold, a single parent family with a net family income of $40,000 needing child care for two infants would be eligible for a child care subsidy of approximately $1,725 a month. A two parent family with a net family income of $65,000 needing child care for two preschool-age children and one infant would be eligible for a child care subsidy of approximately $1,055 a month.

Budget 2019 allocates approximately $60 million for early childhood development to create more affordable child care spaces and lower the costs of child care for families. Since last year, under the Operating Grant Program for example, there are approximately 1,000 more affordable child care spaces now available.

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“We understand that access to quality, affordable child care is a pressing issue and that is why we have increased the income threshold twice in just two years. A family eligible for the full subsidy who uses a child care centre participating in the Operating Grant Program will receive free child care. Such investments are helping to lessen the burden on families across the province and we will continue to take action to support families.”
Honourable Brian Warr
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

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2019 06 28                              11:10 a.m.