Apply for Financial Support for Child Care

Families can apply for financial support for child care costs for children ages 0 to12 years. Depending on your circumstances, you may be put onto a wait list. Wait times will vary depending on your priority and funding availability. Learn more about the wait list.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility is based on income and reasons for needing child care. 

You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Live in Hamilton, be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee.
  • Working or attending school a minimum of 20 hours/week
  • Participating in an approved employment assistance activity through Ontario Works
  • Received approval through the child care referral process

A family is no longer eligible when any of the following occur:

  • No longer financially qualify
  • No longer have an approved reason to need child care (i.e. no longer in school, employment ended, child care referral ends)
  • Child(ren) turn 13 years of age
  • Move out of the Hamilton (subsidy is not transferable)

Child care subsidy calculator

Use the Child Care Subsidy Calculator to verify if you qualify to and see an estimate of the total monthly amount your family would pay for all children to attend licensed child care.

How to apply

The application process depends on whether you curently have a child care provider or are looking for one. To qualify for child care subsidy, your child care provider must have a contract with the City.

Already have Child Care?


You must use a child care provider that has a contract with the City of Hamilton. Review the list of approved child care providers below.

Looking for Child Care?


Visit the Hamilton Child Care Registry to create an account and apply for child care subsidy. This is a two step application and you must submit all required documents along with your application for it to be processed.

  • Step 1: Apply to licensed child care centres
  • Step 2: Apply for child care subsidy

A


  • Ancaster Little Gems Children's Centre
  • Ancaster Meadow Children's Centre
  • Ancaster Small Fry Co -op Pre-School
  • Annunciation of Our Lord B&A School Program
  • Awesome Beginnings Co-op Nursery School Inc

B


  • Balaclava
  • Bellmoore
  • Benjamin Bunny Nursery School
  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School Age Program
  • Blossoms Child Care Centre Inc.

C


  • Canadian Martyrs Before and After School Program
  • Cathedral Children's Centre
  • Cathy Wever
  • Central Day Care
  • Childventures Early Learning Academy
  • Cornerstone Montessori Academy and Child Care Centre
  • Corpus Christi Before and After School Program

D


  • Delta Adventure Camp
  • Dundana Children's Centre
  • Dundas Central Children's Centre
  • Dundas Valley Co-op Preschool
  • Dundas Valley Montessori School

E


  • Elizabeth Bagshaw

F


  • Fan-Tastic Scholars Child Learning Centre
  • Fan-Tastic Scholars East Inc
  • Farmer's Dell Co-operative Preschool
  • First Class Children's Centre
  • Flamborough Family YMCA Child Care Centre

G


  • Garside Day Care Centre
  • Gatestone Children's Centre
  • Glen Echo Children's Centre
  • Gordon Price Children's Centre
  • Guardian Angels Before and After School Program

H


  • Hamilton Downtown YMCA Child Care Centre
  • Hamilton Early Learning Centre
  • Hamilton East Kiwanis - Queen Mary Site
  • Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club ELCC
  • Hamilton Hebrew Academy
  • Helen Detwiler Children's Centre
  • Heritage Green Child Care
  • Heritage Green Mount Albion
  • Heritage Green St. James
  • Heritage Green Tapleytown
  • Hillcrest Children's Centre
  • Holy Name of Jesus Early Learning and Care Centre
  • Holy Name of Mary Before and After School Program

I


  • Imagineer's Early Learning Centre
  • Immaculate Conception Before and After School Program
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Early Learning & Child Care Centre
  • Infant Jesus Day Care Waterdown
  • Infant Jesus Kindergarten & Nursery

J


  • Jacks & Jills Co-op Preschool of Ancaster
  • James MacDonald Children's Centre
  • Jamesville Bennetto Community Care
  • Jamesville Children's Centre

K


  • Kids and Company Hamilton
  • Kinderseeds
  • Kindertown Child Care Centre

L


  • La Garderie le Petit Navire
  • Lawfield Children's Centre
  • Le Ballon Rouge de Hamilton
  • Les Chater YMCA Child Care Centre
  • Lincoln Alexander Children's Centre
  • Little Angels Infant & Toddler Centre
  • Little Learning House - Fennell
  • Little Learning House Child Care Centre - Locke St.
  • Little Learning House Infant & Toddler Centre
  • Little Mountaineers Co-operative Preschool
  • Little Peoples Day Care Centre
  • Lucky Day Nursery

M


  • McMaster Children's Centre
  • McMaster Students Union Day Care Centre
  • Meadowlands Preschool Inc.
  • Memorial Children's Centre
  • Michaelle Jean
  • Millgrove Children's Centre
  • Millgrove Majors Children's Centre
  • Mother Goose Co-operative Preschool
  • Mount Hope
  • Mountain Nursery School
  • Mountain View (Stoney Creek)
  • Mountain YMCA Child Care Centre
  • Mountview Children's Centre

N


  • Niwasa Early Learning and Care Centre
  • Noah's Ark Children's Centre

O


  • Our Lady of Lourdes Before & after School Program
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Our Lady of Peace Before and After School Program
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Before and After School Program

P


  • Paramount Family Centre
  • Parkside Daycare Inc.
  • Peekaboo Child Care Centre - Hamilton St
  • Peekaboo Child Care Centre - LEAP
  • Peter Pan Co-operative Pre-school
  • Pied Piper Co-operative Preschool
  • Pumpkin Patch Day Care Centre
  • Pumpkin Patch Infant Centre

Q


  • Queensdale Children's Centre

R


  • Ray Lewis Children's Centre
  • Red Hill Family Centre
  • Regina Mundi Before & After School Program
  • Rosedale

S


  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Before and After School Program
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Children's Centre
  • Sir William Osler YMCA Child Care Centre
  • St. Ann - Ancaster Before & After
  • St. Ann Early Learning and Care Centre
  • St. Bernadette Early Learning and Care Centre
  • St. Brigid Early Learning and Care Centre
  • St. Clare of Assisi Before & After School Program
  • St. David Early Learning and Care Centre
  • St. Eugene Before and After School Program
  • St. Francis Early Learning and Care Centre
  • St. Gabriel Before & After School Program
  • St. James Co-operative Nursery School of Dundas
  • St. Joachim Children's Centre of Ancaster
  • St. John Paul II Before & After School Program
  • St. Joseph Before and After School Program
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha Before and After School Program
  • St. Margaret  Mary  Before and After School Program
  • St. Marguerite d'Youville Children's Centre
  • St. Mark Before and After School Program
  • St. Martin of Tours Before/After School Program
  • St. Martin's Manor Early Learning Centre
  • St. Matthew Child And Family Centre
  • St. Matthew's Children's Centre
  • St. Michael Before and After School Program
  • St. Paul Before and After School Program
  • St. Peter's Children's Day Care Centre of Hamilton
  • St. Peter's Day Care Before & After School Program (Adelaide Hoodless)
  • St. Teresa of Avila Before and After School Program
  • St. Therese of Lisieux Before and After School Program
  • St. Thomas More Children's Centre
  • St. Thomas Waterdown Before and After School Program
  • St. Vincent de Paul Childrens Centre
  • Stoney Creek Child Care Centre Inc.
  • Stoney Creek Co-operative Pre-School
  • Stoney Creek YMCA Day Care Centre
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Before and After School Program
  • Sunshine & Rainbows Christian Day Care Centre
  • Sunshine Daycare

T


  • Tapawingo Day Care
  • TEMPLE PLAYHOUSE ENRICHMENT SCHOOL INC.
  • Templemead Children's Centre
  • The Nesting Nook
  • Tiny Hoppers Early Learning Centre Stoney Creek Rymal
  • Tiny Hoppers Early Learning Centres Stoney Creek Paramount
  • Today's Family - CB Stirling
  • Today's Family - Collegiate Avenue
  • Today's Family - Dundas
  • Today's Family - Franklin Road
  • Today's Family - George L. Armstrong
  • Today's Family - Linden Park
  • Today's Family - Saltfleet
  • Today's Family - St. Augustine's
  • Today's Family - Tiffany Hills
  • Today's Family Children's Centre, Hamilton
  • Today's Family R.A. Riddell School Age Program
  • Today's Family - Huntington Park Before and After School Program

V


  • Village Children's Centre of Waterdown
  • Village Treehouse Childcare Inc.

W


  • Waterdown District Children's Centre
  • Waterdown District School Age - Guy Brown
  • Waterdown District School Age Program - Mary Hopkins
  • Wellington YMCA Child Care Centre
  • Wesley Child Care Centre
  • Wesley School Age Program - Beverly Central Site
  • Wesley School Age Program - Hess Street Site
  • Westdale Children's School
  • Westdale Co-operative Preschool
  • Winona Children's Centre
  • Winona Elementary School

Y


  • YMCA  Queen Victoria
  • YMCA Extended camp (Southgate)
  • YMCA Kindercare & SACC - A.M. Cunningham
  • YMCA Kindercare & SACC - Billy Green School
  • YMCA Kindercare & SACC - Janet Lee School
  • YMCA Kindercare & SACC - Richard Beasley
  • YMCA Kindercare & School Age - Holbrook
  • YMCA Kindercare &SACC - Norwood Park School
  • YMCA SACC - Pauline Johnson
  • YMCA SACC Queen's Rangers
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Allan A. Greenleaf
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - C.H. Bray School
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Cootes Paradise
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Earl Kitchener School
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Fessenden School
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Highview
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Ridgemount
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Rousseau School
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - W.H. Ballard
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Westwood
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Yorkview School
  • YMCA School Age Child Care - Chedoke
  • YWCA AM/PM Child Care
  • YWCA Child Care Centre - Hamilton Downtown
  • YWCA Hamilton - Green Acres School Age Program
  • YWCA Hamilton - Memorial Site - Ottawa St.
  • YWCA Hamilton - St. John Before and After School Program
  • YWCA Hamilton West Mountain Child Care Centre
  • YWCA Lisgar Before and After School Program

Next steps after applying

Within 10 business days after all your documents have been received, you will be contacted to confirm the next steps in your application. If the required supporting documents are not received within 30 days of your application date, your application will be recorded as “rejected”.

Applicants that are not subject to the waiting list will be scheduled an intake appointment to verify their eligibility. Applicants subject to the wait list will be sent a letter confirming waitlist placement. You will be contacted when an opening for the program is available.

It is important to notify our office if you have a change in address or phone number so that we can reach you when an opening for the program is available.

If you are currently looking for a child care provider or using a child care provider that does not have a contract with the City of Hamilton you must secure child care with an eligible provider. Visit the Hamilton Child Care Registry to find a licensed child care provider. 

1. Proof of your status in Canada for all family members (only required at initial appointment or if status changes)

  • Canadian birth certificate; or
  • Valid Canadian passport; or
  • Permanent resident card; or
  • Record of Landing; or
  • Refugee papers’ or
  • Letter from Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) verifying permanent resident status or application for status

2. Proof of your income (one of the following for all adults in the family)

  • Canada Child Benefit Notice
  • Current Federal Notice of Assessment
  • Ontario Child Benefit Notice
  • Families receiving Ontario Works/ODSP support do not need to verify income
  • Review the chart to confirm the tax year to submit: 
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 2016 Tax Year
July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 2017 Tax Year
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 2018 Tax Year

3. Proof of the reason for needing child care (one of the following for all adults in the family)

  • One month of current paystubs or a letter from employer verifying hours working each week
  • Verification of school enrolment i.e. OSAP Assessment, class schedule, including confirmation of start and end dates
  • For self-employed applicants a copy of their business license and Revenue Canada Form T2125 –Statement of Business or Professional Activities

4. Proof of your current address

  • Recent utility bill
  • Lease or mortgage papers
  • Letter received from recognized institution such as bank, credit card or school

5. Proof of custody arrangements (if applicable and only required at initial appointment or if/when custody changes)

  • Legal documentation, divorce papers, separation agreement, mediation report or other written agreement verifying custody arrangements

Due to high sensitivity of information and for your protection, we do not accept any documentation by e-mail in the form of attachments, scans or photos. Do not submit original documents. Copies of the following supporting documents must be faxed, mailed or hand delivered to the following address.

City of Hamilton
Child Care Subsidy Program
Mail: Lister Block, 6th Floor, PO Box 2040, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4Y5
Hand Deliver: Lister Block, 28 James St. N., 6th Floor, Hamilton, ON, L8R2K1
Fax: 905-546-3064
For new applicants submit to the Attention: Intake

Everyone has the right to appeal an eligibility decision. Appeals must be submitted in writing with any new information relevant to your situation. All appeal decisions will be sent by mail to your home address. Appeal Form (PDF, 145 KB)

Child Care Referral

If child care is required due to the special needs of your child or if you are unable to care for your child due to illness, disability or high-risk family situation then a child care referral is required.

Referrals end when a child is eligible to attend full day kindergarten. To request a child care referral package call 905-546-2424 ext. 4186 or email snr@hamilton.ca with the name and fax number of your referring agent. The referral can be completed by one of the following approved professionals:

  • Family Physician
  • Pediatrician
  • Specialist
  • Shelters
  • Public Health
  • Resource Teachers
  • Children’s Aid Society Caseworkers
  • Speech and Language Pathologist

It is your responsibility to contact your referring agent to complete the referral. If approved you will be contacted by a Subsidy Eligibility worker to discuss next steps and if denied your referring agent will be notified.

Contact us

Early Years and Child Care Services
Lister Block Building
28 James Street North, 6th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2K1

Phone: 905-546-4870
Email: childcare@hamilton.ca
Fax: 905-546-3064
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Mailing address
City of Hamilton Community Services
Child Care Subsidy
Lister Block Building, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 2040
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5