Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care

On March 28, 2022, Ontario reached a $13.2 billion agreement with the federal government on funding for the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) program. The new program will lower child care costs and improve access, and quality across Ontario’s child care and early years sector.

Since the announcement, the Ministry of Education has provided guidelines to the Region of Waterloo, as the Child Care Service Manager, on how to administer the CWELCC.

As per Ministry guidelines, all licensed child care providers and licensed home child care agencies must notify families no later than September 1, 2022 if they are applying to participate in the CWELCC.

We are creating a process to make it easy for all licensed child care providers to apply. If you are unsure if your provider is licensed or intends to apply to participate in the program, please contact your provider directly.

If you have a child under the age of six in licensed child care, your fees may be reduced by up to 25% (retroactively to April 1, 2022). However, you will continue to pay the current fees until your provider’s application for the CWELCC is approved. We expect providers who are successful will be ready to give refunds this fall.

We will continue to provide updates as the information becomes available.

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