Daycare costs can get out of hand in Alberta, especially if you have more than one child. Fortunately, you can apply for a daycare subsidy to help pay for your costs. However, there are limitations to the program. Here is what you need to know as you start the application process.
Subsidies Vary On Income and Child’s Age
Subsidies are only available for lower to middle-income families. The family must have a child enrolled in a daycare program. Younger children, such as infants and toddlers, will receive the most subsidies with a maximum amount of $628 a month for infants and $546 a month for toddlers. Children from grades one to six will receive a maximum of $310 a month.
The Daycare Center Must Be Licensed and Approved
You have to be careful about choosing a daycare in Calgary when applying for subsidies. To receive the daycare subsidies, the daycare center must be licensed and approved. You want to ask the daycare center if they have been licensed and approved for Alberta daycare subsidies to find out if you’ll be covered at the place your child is attending.
There Are Other Eligibility Requirements
Just because your income qualifies doesn’t mean that your daycare in Calgary will be subsidized. There are other eligibility requirements to receive subsidies. For example, one of the parents, or the child must be Canadian citizens or permanents residents that live in Alberta. You must be working, attending school, in search of employment, or dealing with a special needs situation. The entire list will be listed on the official Alberta government website.
Subsidies for Two Children Will End
Unfortunately, the Alberta government will cut subsidies for multiple children. This means that if you have more than one child needing daycare, you will only receive subsidies for one child in the family. It’s a good idea to apply for daycare subsidies right away, knowing that you’ll have to deal with a lot of child care costs. The longer you wait, the more child care costs you will incur over time.
Overall, you can expect subsidies to cover anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent of your daycare costs on average. Make sure you read the eligibility requirements and follow the instructions carefully when applying. You do not want to make mistakes as it can take some time for the government to get to your application.