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Alberta
Child Care
Subsidy
2022

CHILD
CARE
SUBsIDY
INFORMATION
2021

Latest Update to Subsidy Rates

The Alberta Child Care Subsidy is a program offering financial assistance to eligible lower- to middle-income families who have a child enrolled in a licensed program.

Furthermore, a 5-year plan is now in effect that will include more income brackets in the program and provide grants to childcare facilities to achieve lower fees. We will update this page as soon as there are any changes.

Clever Daycare is a licensed daycare agency; it accepts the subsidy in all centres and complies with the above fee reductions.

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Alberta Child Care Subsidy Rates in 2022

Current maximum rates for licensed daycare and out-of-school care programs
From your child’s birth to their going to kindergarten, provided they attend both kindergarten and child care
Annual Income Birth to Kindergarten (attending both kindergarten and child care)
$0 to $119,999 $266
$120,000 to $124,999 $253
$125,000 to $129,999 $239
$130,000 to $134,999 $226
$135,000 to $139,999 $213
$140,000 to $144,999 $200
$145,000 to $149,999 $186
$150,000 to $154,999 $173
$155,000 to $159,999 $160
$160,000 to $164,999 $146
$165,000 to $169,999 $133
$170,000 to $174,999 $120
$175,000 to $179,999 $106
 
Current maximum rates for licensed daycare and out-of-school care programs
For kindergarteners who attend child care only to school-age children
Annual Income Kindergartener (child care only, 100 hours) School-Age (grades 1 – 6, 50 hours)
$0 to $49,999 $644 $366
$50,000 to $54,999 $612 $348
$55,000 to $59,999 $547 $311
$60,000 to $64,999 $483 $275
$65,000 to $69,999 $419 $238
$70,000 to $74,999 $354 $201
$75,000 to $79,999 $290 $165
$80,000 to $84,999 $225 $128
$85,000 to $89,999 $161 $92
Licensed preschool program (part-time, typically for 2 to 3 half days per week) Flat rate $125 per month
(all income brackets up to $180,000)

See how to qualify for subsidized child care in Alberta

Who is Eligible?

Whether you quality for the Alberta child care subsidy depends on the following factors:

Citizenship & Reason

You qualify if you and/or your spouse/partner or the child receiving care are Canadian citizens or permanent residents , you are a resident of Alberta, and are currently working, attending school, looking for work, or have special needs.

Child’s Age & Program

You’re eligible if your children are 12 or younger, are not yet attending Grade 7, and have a secured spot in a licensed daycare (such as Clever Daycare) or out-of-school care facility, or an approved family day home or group family child care program.
You’re eligible if your children are 12 or younger, are not yet attending Grade 7, and have a secured spot in a licensed daycare (such as Clever Daycare) or out of school care facility, or an approved family day home or group family child care program.

Annual Family Income

You’re eligible if your family income is less than $90,000 per year. Income eligibility is determined by combining you and your spouse’s income tax information from your most recent Notice of Assessment, issued by Canada Revenue Agency.

Still not sure whether you qualify for Alberta Chiild Care Subsidy?

Read the complete eligibility requirements below

You can now apply online on Alberta's portal or using a paper application.

How to Apply for Alberta Child Care Subsidy?

If you’re eligible, you can apply using a paper form or online through the Alberta Child Care Subsidy Application page. Make sure to read the eligibility requirements before applying.

Starting August 1 , 2020, the model for calculating Alberta Child Care Subsidies has changed.

Important Changes to Alberta Child Care Subsidy 2020

Simpler Model

The new model is simpler and easier to understand. Subsidy rates are now exclusively determined by four factors: the child’s age, total family income, the type of program and monthly hours of care.

Increased Rate

In the new model, maximum subsidy rates have increased by 18%. This doesn’t guarantee that you’ll receive an increased amount of subsidy, although you probably will. Read more about the details here .

Income Threshold Change

The annual income threshold for subsidy eligibility has been set at $75,000. The old model didn’t have a clearly defined threshold and eligibility was determined by a complex combination of factors.

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