Early Years and Child Care Services

Financial Help with Child Care Costs

Notice: Hamilton Child Care Centres

Updated June 25, 2020

The City and Hamilton Public Health Services are working with local licensed child care centre operators to ensure a gradual and safe reopening of these centres in the city. View the latest information on the reopening of child care centres.

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

Eligibility Calculator

Use the Eligibility Calculator to verify if you qualify for financial assistance with child care costs

How to apply?

Applicants who are working, attending school or involved in Ontario Works activities are eligible.

Looking for Child Care?


Visit the Hamilton Child Care Registry to create an account and apply for Child Care Fee Subsidy. This is a 2 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 fee subsidy

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.

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 [email protected] 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
  • CAS/CCAS
  • Speech and Language Pathologist

More information

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
Learn more about financial help with child care

Contact us

Early Years & Child Care Services

Phone: 905-546-4870
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 905-546-3064
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30am-4:30pm

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