Applying for Child Care Fee Subsidy

Financial support is available to eligible families who live in Hamilton and need assistance with child care costs for children ages 0-12 years.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be put onto a waiting list. Wait times will vary depending on your priority and funding availability.

Learn more about the child care wait list

Who can apply?

  • Must live in Hamilton
  • Meet financial eligibility
  • Have an approved reason to need subsidy
  • Must have status in Canada (persons with Work Permits & Student Visas are not eligible to apply)

How to apply?

Visit the Hamilton Child Care Registry to create an account and apply for Child Care Fee Subsidy. You must submit all required documents along with your application for it to be processed.

Are you eligible?

Step 1: Reason for Child Care
All applicants must meet AT LEAST ONE of the following conditions:
• I am working for at least 20 hours per week
• I am attending school/education program at least 20 hours per week
• I am participating in an approved employment assistance activity through Ontario Works
• I have received approval through the therapeutic referral process
Step 2: Annual Household Income
Enter line 236 from you and your spouse (if applicable) Income Tax Notice of Assessment or use the Family Net Income amount from your Child Tax Benefit Notice.

Step 3: Number of Children Requiring Care

Disclaimer: This child care subsidy eligibility calculation provides only a basic estimate and does not confirm actual eligibility. To confirm your eligibility for child care fee subsidy, you will need to complete a subsidy application. Your actual eligibility and payment will be determined during your assessment interview.

More subsidy information

Learn more about child care fee subsidy

Contact us

Phone: 905-546-4870
Fax: 905-546-3064
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
Office location
Child Care Subsidy
Lister Block Building
28 James Street North, 6th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2K1
Mailing address
City of Hamilton Community Services
Child Care Subsidy
Lister Block Building, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 2040
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5