Child care fee subsidy is a program that is intended to help families with the cost of their child care expenses.  It supports eligible families by paying a portion of their total licensed child care costs as funding permits.

Fee Subsidy offers an essential support for many families, helping them balance the demands of a career and family while working, pursuing education or participating in a training program.

Use the Child Care Fee Subsidy Calculator to find out if your family might be eligible for a Child Care Fee Subsidy and to estimate how much you will have to pay.

Who Can Apply

A family that needs help with the cost of licensed child care for their children (up to 12 years old) and meets the following criteria:

  • Your family lives in Prince Edward County or the County of Lennox and Addington
  • Each parent/guardian is either employed, or enrolled in an educational or training program
  • If you or your child has a documented special need, and have been referred by a professional, you may also be eligible
  • Each parent/guardian has filed their income taxes for the most recent tax year
  • If you are a new immigrant to Canada this year, you may apply without your most recent tax return

How to Apply

You can apply for child care fee subsidy through our Fee Subsidy Online Application Form or by calling 613-354-0957 or toll free 866-354-0957 (within the 613 area code) to have an application sent to you.

Applicants applying online will need to create an account on the Children’s Services Portal.  Applicants will be able to upload required fee subsidy documents using the Children’s Services portal upload documents feature.  To apply online, please click the “Apply Online” button below to access the Online Application Form. 

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To apply, you will need

  • Most recent “Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada and/or “Canada Child Tax Benefit Statement” for each parent/guardian. You can obtain this information from Revenue Canada directly by logging into your Service Canada Account
  • Proof of Address: rent receipt or property tax notice or utility bill that shows you live in the Prince Edward or Lennox & Addington coverage area.
  • Paystubs for the last month of employment, or letter from employer on company letterhead confirming the number of hours you work per week.
  • Self-Employed applicants must provide a copy of your Business License, Business Permit or Business Number along with your T2125 Statement of Business.
  • School timetable with school term/class hours or school registration letter with program, full-time or part-time status and start and end dates of program for applicants enrolled in educational or training programs.
  • Therapeutic referral form completed by health professional or social service agency, if applicable.
  • Custody court order or agreement (if you have one)
  • The names of the licensed child care program you want your child(ren) to attend. 

What Happens After I Submit all the Required Information to Children's Services.

Once all the information is reviewed you will receive a letter confirming whether you are eligible, and if so, how much Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Social Services will pay directly to the Child Care Provider, and how much you will be required to pay. A copy of the letter will be sent to the Child Care Program.

IMPORTANT: Subsidy cannot be backdated.

If you have arranged your own child care and your child is currently in a child care program, you are responsible for paying the full cost of care until subsidy is approved by Children's Services and you have received an approval letter.