Child Care Fee Assistance
Child Care Fee Subsidy
Families can apply for a fee subsidy to help with the cost of licensed child care.
In order to be deemed eligible for child care fee subsidy parents/guardians must first meet financial eligibility and have an approved reason to required child care.
Child Care Fee Subsidy Hamilton
All applicants must meet at least one of these criteria:
- Must be working or attending school a minimum of 20 hours/week
- Participating in approved employment assistance activities through Ontario Works
- Received approval through the child care services referral process
Child care subsidy staff and child care operators will communicate with each other to validate subsidy approvals and available spots at the child care facility. A child care fee subsidy approval form is sent from subsidy staff to the child care operator once eligibility has been established and serves as confirmation that the child may begin to attend the centre. The approval form is sent by mail, fax or email.
The number of hours approved for care is based on the parent’s situation. Dates of eligibility are noted on the approval form. The parental contribution may change throughout the life of the case. A new approval form will be issued when the amount a parent/guardian must pay changes and/or the dates of eligibility change. A Withdrawal Notice will be sent if a placement is to end prior to the original approval period.
Monthly parental contribution fees are collected by the centre and monthly invoices are reconciled for payment through the Ontario Child Care Management System (OCCMS) Record of Attendance (ROA).
Operators with a funding agreement must comply with data requests from City staff and honour the rate of subsidy according to the placement authorization.
Child Care Services Referral
A child care services referral is required if:
- If child care is required due to the special needs of a child or
- If the parent/guardian is unable to care for the child due to illness or disability or
- There is a high-risk family situation
Referrals must be submitted for review by the therapeutic coordinators to determine eligibility prior to an application for child care fee subsidy being completed.
The referral must be completed by one of these approved professionals:
- Family Physician
- Public Health
- Resource Teachers
- Support Facilitator
- Children’s Aid Society workers
- Speech and Language Pathologist