Child Care Affordability Plan

The OneHSN Child Care Registry is no longer in service.


Parents with accounts who were still looking for child care were instructed to login by the March 31, 2019 deadline to keep child care applications active. If you are looking to apply for child care, please find your preferred operator on the Child Care Registry Map and contact them directly.

What will happen to my OneHSN Child Care Registry account?
Your OneHSN registry account was closed March 31, 2019. If you logged into your account prior to March 31, 2019 all your child care applications will appear on the child care centre waitlist where you have applied.

How do I know that the child care centre has my application?
All child care centres have a list of active applications. The City of Hamilton will also provide an updated list to all centres after the OneHSN registry is closed.

When will I hear back from the child care waitlist applications that I have submitted?
The child care centre will call you when a space comes available. It is recommended that you stay in touch with the child care centre you have an interest in.

How can I find child care in the City of Hamilton?
You can explore child care options in the City of Hamilton by using the Hamilton Child Care Registry Map located on our website.  

How do I apply for child care now?
To apply at a child care centre, you can contact the centre of your choice by telephone, email or walk in to the centre. 

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.  

This initiative will reduce the rates for children 0-4 years of age to attend licensed centre based child care for a full day by $10 per day. The intent of this initiative is to reduce the cost of child care for families that do not qualify for child care fee subsidy. Families eligible for child care fee subsidy will continue to pay child care fees based on their income.

Ongoing sustainability of this initiative will be dependent on the Ministry of Education’s 2019 funding to the City of Hamilton. Therefore families should be aware that the reduction in child care rates will be discontinued at the end of this initiative. Child care centres will be provided reasonable notice of when the initiative will end so that families can be informed and plan accordingly.

How do I know if my child care centre qualifies?

  • Licensed centre based child care centres are eligible for child care spaces for children 0-4 years
  • The child care centre must have a funding agreement and Schedule “A” with the City of Hamilton;
  • The child care centre must operate a minimum of nine hours per day;
  • Families must sign a funding acknowledgement letter with their child care centre.

For more information speak to your child care centre.