Paying for child care can be a burden for some families. Thankfully, there are options available to help you afford daycare. The Alberta child care subsidy is designed to offset child care costs for eligible families. Here’s a look at how it works.
Check Your Eligibility for the Child Care Subsidy
To apply for the subsidy, you must meet the eligibility requirements. Either you or your partner must be a resident of Alberta, and one of you or your child must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The child receiving care must be 12 years old or younger and not yet in seventh grade. You and your partner must also meet requirements related to work and school.
Enrol Your Child in an Eligible Daycare in Calgary
Your child must also be enrolled in a licensed Calgary daycare or other approved early child development program. Some examples of approved programs include play-based early childhood programs, licensed preschools, educational programs, and programs that promote literacy. Use the online tools to find more information about which programs qualify.
Apply for the Child Care Subsidy
You can apply for the Alberta child care subsidy either online or by completing and submitting the appropriate form. To apply online, you’ll need to complete the online application form and submit a Consent Applicant Declaration and Acknowledgement form. To apply by form, review the application guide, then download and complete the form. Send your completed application to the provincial subsidy office.
What to Expect After You Apply
You’ll receive a letter after your application is reviewed. If you are approved, this letter will state the start and end date of the subsidy and how much the Calgary daycare will receive on your behalf.
If you qualify, the Alberta child care subsidy can help your family afford the Calgary daycare that’s right for you.