Child Care Services

Child Care Services & Programs

Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement

The federal and provincial governments recently signed the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement aimed at making child care more affordable for families.

If you have a child under 6 years in licensed child care and the centre chooses to participate in the agreement, you may receive a 25% child care fee reduction as of April 1. An additional 25% fee reduction is also set to occur by the end of 2022.

If your licensed child care provider decides to participate and is approved, they will let you know when you can receive your refund. If your provider decides not to participate in the agreement, they must let you know.

Once we receive more information from the provincial government, the City of Hamilton will be creating an application process to make it easy for your child care provider to apply to a part of the agreement. While this process may take a few months, you will still receive a refund retroactive to April 1, 2022.

We encourage parents/caregivers to reach out to their child care providers for any questions related to whether your child care provider intends to apply to participate in the agreement.

To find a child care provider in Hamilton, view the current child care registry.

Need help covering the cost of licensed child care? Learn more about opportunities for a child care subsidy.

Hamilton offers a variety of high quality early years and child care services for families and children.

Early Years Programs & Services

A listing of programs and services available to children ages 0 to 12 and families living in Hamilton.

Learn more about available programs and services

Hamilton Child Care Registry

Hamilton is a community rich in quality child care and families are encouraged to research child care choices thoroughly as options vary.

Learn more about finding child care in Hamilton

Financial Support for Child Care

Licensed child care just got more affordable in Hamilton. The Child Care Affordability Plan is an initiative of the City of Hamilton funded by the Provincial Government to reduce the cost of child care for families with children 0-4 years of age. 

Families with children ages 0-12 years can apply for financial support for child care costs. You can complete the Child Care Subsidy Calculator to confirm if you're eligible to apply.

Learn more about financial support for child care

To learn about all the programs and services available, visit

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Phone: 905-546-4870
Fax: 905-546-3064
Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Office Address
Child Care Subsidy
Lister Block Building
28 James Street North, 6th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2K1

Mailing Address
City of Hamilton
Healthy and Safe Communities
Child Care Subsidy
Lister Block Building, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 2040
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5