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Eligibility for Child Care Fee Subsidy

Child Care Fee Subsidy is a program that helps eligible families pay for child care costs at licensed programs in the
community.  Limited child care fee subsidy is available for children from birth to 12 years who need to be in a child care
program because parents are working, attending school, training or participating in upgrading skill courses.  Eligible hours of child care are based on the parent's hours of work, school and participation in upgrading skill courses. The subsidy is provided to licensed child care programs on behalf of eligible families.

Who can apply?

To qualify for a Child Care Fee Subsidy, you must: 

  • Live in the City of Cornwall or the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry.
  • Have a child(ren) between the ages of birth and 12 years who needs to be in a licensed child care centre or licensed home child care because you are working, attending school, training or participating in upgrading skill courses or long distance education, you may be eligible for child care fee subsidy.
  • Be in financial need, as determined by the most recent Canada Child Care Tax Benefit Notice or Income Tax Federal Notice of Assessment.  You will also be considered to be in financial need if you are eligible for social assistance.

To see if you would qualify, please refer to the Child Care Subsidy Calculation Chart.

How to apply

Please complete the Child Care Fee Subsidy Application, sign and return it to our office either by:

  • Mail to the City of Cornwall, Child Care Services, P.O. Box 877, Cornwall, ON, K6H 5T9, or
  • Fax to 613-930-7454

Your application will be reviewed and if necessary you will be contacted by our office.  You will receive a letter confirming your placement on the wait list.  If you do not receive a letter of confirmation, please contact the Child Care Services Division within 14 days.

The Income Test is the tool that will be used to determine your financial eligibility for fee subsidized child care.  It is based on your annual net income which is identified on line 236 of your Canada Revenue Notice of Assessment.

If child care fee subsidies are not available at the time of your application, you will be placed on a fee subsidy wait list.  When fee subsidies become available, a Child Care Advisor will contact you to schedule an appointment to complete an Income Test to determine eligibility for funding.  Applicants on the wait list will be called on a "first come, first served" basis.  Wait times will vary depending on availability of funding.

If you require child care services while on the fee subsidy wait list, you must make your own private child care arrangements as you will be responsible to
pay the child care fee.

Necessary Documentation

To apply for child care fee subsidy you must bring the following required documents to your appointment:

  • Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice Statement for the most current base year

  • Notice of Assessment for the most current Taxation Year

  • Universal Child Care Benefit
  • If you and/or your partner are attending an educational program or a training program: school registration along with time schedule. 
  • If you, your partner and/or your child require child care for medical reasons, a medical referral will be required from the physician or other relevant professional.
  • Updated child's Immunization Record (for children not attending school).
  • If not born in Canada: citizenship card and/or original immigration documents with a date of arrival in Canada for all members of the family.
  • Copy of driver license(s) for you and your partner
  • Copy of Custody Agreement, if applicable
  • Copy of child(ren) birth certificate(s)

This list is not all inclusive. You may be asked to provide additional information pertaining to your individual situation.

A copy of the Notice of Assessment can be requested by contacting the Canada Revenue Agency directly at 1-800-959-8281, request "Option C".  A copy of the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit can be requested by calling 1-800-387-1193.  Requested documents may take up to 10 business days for you to receive.

All applicants must file Income Tax Returns for the previous year before applying for Child Care Fee Subsidy.




Fee Subsidy Review Interviews

You will be contacted by the Child Care Services Division to schedule an appointment for an annual review.  Your file may be reviewed, between visits, based on your circumstances.

Should you have any questions about the application or if you need assistance, please call the Child Care Services Division at 613-933-6282 ext. 3310 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday or by email to 

Please note - receipt of application does not guarantee acceptance.


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