CWELCC

$10 Per Day for Children under the age of six in licensed child care by September 2025.
  • Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC)

    The Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) system will:

    • give families access to more affordable and high-quality child care options
    • help lower child care fees for parents of children under the age of six
    • increase child care spaces
    • support the child care workforce
    • support  inclusive child care
    • decrease fees for parents by 50% at our daycare as of December 2022

    Licensed child care providers can participate in the CWELCC system to help reduce fees. Licensed child care providers must inform parents about their decision to:

    • participate in the CWELCC system and the expected or actual date of application
    • not participate in the CWELCC system

    If your licensed child care provider does not participate, your fees will not be reduced.

    As a parent or guardian of a child under the age of six, you do not need to apply to get a fee reduction.

  • $10-A-Day Child-Care Program

    The Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement (ELCCA) is a bilateral agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario that aims to support the development and expansion of early learning and child care programs in Ontario. The ELCCA is part of the federal government’s commitment to provide affordable, high-quality child care for Canadian families.

    Under the ELCCA, the Government of Canada will provide up to $1.07 billion in funding to Ontario over five years (2021-2026) to support the expansion of early learning and child care programs in the province. This funding will be used to:

    • Create new spaces for children aged 0 to 4 in regulated child care settings
    • Enhance the quality and accessibility of existing child care programs
    • Increase the availability of full-day, part-day, and evening child care options
    • Enhance the affordability of child care for families

    The ELCCA also includes provisions for the Government of Ontario to work with the federal government to develop and implement a system for monitoring and reporting on the progress of the agreement. This will include the development of benchmarks and targets for measuring the success of the program, as well as regular reporting on the use of funds and the outcomes achieved.

    Per Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (December 2022)-


    “Access to affordable, high-quality, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care is increasingly becoming a reality for families in Ontario, and across the country. The fee reduction announced today for centres that are part of the Canada-wide system is a key step toward our ultimate goal for an average of $10-a-day regulated child care. We will continue to work with the provinces and territories toward a better future for children, and families, everywhere in Canada.”

    Under this proposal, the government would work with provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities to establish a network of child care centers and home-based child care providers. The program would be funded through a combination of federal, provincial, and territorial investments, as well as private sector contributions.

    A.C.E daycare is  participating in the CWELCC program -$10 Per Day  Daycare. The CWELLC program will allow more families to experience our high-quality care on an affordable, inclusive, and sustainable basis. 

    The goal is to ensure that all Canadian families have access to high-quality, affordable child care. This would allow more parents, particularly women, to participate in the workforce and contribute to the economy. It would also provide children with the early learning experiences they need to be successful in school and in life.

    ELCCA is a significant policy proposal that aims to address the challenges facing families in accessing affordable, high-quality child care in Canada. If implemented, it could have a positive impact on the lives of families and children across the country. Its focus on universality, accessibility, and affordability, as well as its commitment to supporting the participation of parents, particularly women, in the workforce, make it a potentially transformative policy for the country. By establishing a network of child care centers and home-based providers and providing funding through a combination of federal, provincial, and territorial investments, as well as private sector contributions, the proposal has the potential to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for families and children in Canada.

  • What This Means for Parents and Families

    Parents or guardians of children under the age of six do not have to apply to receive a child care fee reduction.

    You may be eligible for reduced fees if:

    • you pay more than $12 per day for child care and your child:
      • is under the age of six
      • turns six years old and is enrolled in a licensed preschool, kindergarten or family age group or a licensed home child care premises, until June 30
    • your licensed child care provider chooses to enroll in the CWELCC System

    The amount that you will save depends on the current fees your child care provider charges and may vary by region.

    It may require some time for your child care program to enrol in the new system. If your child care provider applies in 2022, the fee reduction will be retroactive to April 1, 2022. This means that you will be eligible to receive a credit or refund for the higher fees you have paid once your program is fully enrolled.

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