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. 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. Starting December 31, 2022, fees may be reduced by up to 52.75% of the original fee for eligible children under the age of six.

Children's Services is excited to announce, as of November 1, 2022 that 98% of licensed child care centres and 100% of licensed home child care agencies have applied to opt-in to CWELCC in Waterloo Region!

As per Ministry of Education guidelines, all licensed child care providers and licensed home child care agencies were required to notify families no later than November 1, 2022 if they were applying to participate in the CWELCC. The exact timing for retroactive fee reduction payments and ongoing fee reductions depends on when they child care agency applied and signed their Agreement. Many programs have already reduced their fees, and it is anticipated that all programs will reduce fees and provide retroactive rebates no later than December 2022.

If you have questions or concerns, please connect directly with the Supervisor at your child care program or email We will continue to provide updates as the information becomes available.

The following list identifies licensed child care agencies in Waterloo Region that have applied to opt-in to CWELCC as of November 1, 2022. Applications are being processed and programs will be officially enrolled in CWELCC after they sign their Agreement. OneList Waterloo Region is where families can apply online for all licensed care in Waterloo Region - a filter in being added to allow you to search for programs that are participating in CWELCC.

  • Ayr Early Learning Centre
  • Butterfly Learning Centre
  • Brason Academy Montessori School
  • Bright Starts Co-operative Early Learning Centre Inc.
  • BrightPath Kids
  • Centre de Leadership en petite enfance Les Coccinelles
  • Centre Educatif Village d'Elisabeth
  • Child Care Plus
  • Conestoga College
  • Coronation Early Learning Childcare
  • Creative Beginnings Childcare Centres
  • Doodle Bugz
  • EDUKids Child Care Centres
  • Elite Daycare
  • Elmira Community Nursery School
  • Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre
  • EYES Canada Childcare Kitchener
  • Happy Explorers Learning Academy
  • Inspiring Minds Early Learning Centre
  • Jacob Hespeler Child Care Centre
  • Jumping Jacks Child Care
  • Jumping Jacks Child Care II
  • Kids & Company
  • La Garderie Des Lutins de Kitchener
  • Le Centre Educatif les p'tites sauterelles
  • Little Champs Academy of Learning and Montessori School
  • Little Scholars Child Care
  • Lullaboo Cambridge
  • MAC Maple Grove Preschool and Childcare Centre
  • Messiah Lakeshore Co-operative Nursery School
  • Montessori Academy of Learning Centre of Cambridge
  • Montessori School of Cambridge
  • Morningside Montessori School
  • Moppet Parent Participating Preschool
  • New Hamburg and Area Cooperative Preschool
  • Open Sesame Head Start
  • Pluto Day Care
  • Pluto Daycare Cambridge
  • Region of Waterloo Home Child Care
  • RisingOaks Early Learning Ontario
  • SimplySmart Childcare Centre & Montessori
  • St. Jacob's Daycare
  • St. John's Christian Child Care
  • Sunny Day Care
  • Tender Loving Daycare
  • The Oaks Early Learning Childcare
  • Tiny Hoppers Sportsworld
  • Trillium Bilingual Montessori
  • University of Waterloo - ECE Centre
  • Victoria Day Care
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board's Spots for Tots
  • Waterloo Cooperative Preschool
  • Waterloo Infant Toddler Daycare Association
  • Waterloo Region District School Board Extended Day
  • Wee Watch Day Care Services - Galt, Kinder & Reid
  • Wellesley and District Co-operative Preschool
  • Willowbrae Academy Childcare Cambridge
  • YMCA of Three Rivers
  • YWCA of Cambridge
  • YWCA of KW

Information for licensed child care operators: The Region of Waterloo has developed local guidelines to support the implementation of CWELCC. For more information, please contact

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