Child care fee reduction subsidy

Overview

The Child Care Fee Reduction (CCFR) Subsidy provides funding to licensed early learning and child care programs (licensed programs) to reduce child care fees charged to families and enhance child care affordability in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

This is the first step to increasing the affordability of child care in the NWT and moving the territory towards an average of $10 a day child care by March 31, 2026.

This funding will make it possible for licensed programs to reduce their child care fees for families with children ages five and younger by an average of 50% as of January 1, 2022, ahead of the December 2022 deadline as stated in the Canada-NWT Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement’s two-year Action Plan (2021-2023).

More information about what this funding means for you:

Participating licensed programs

View a list of licensed programs participating in the Subsidy 

Questions? Contact the Early Childhood Consultant in your region from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Status

Open

Available funding

The amount of funding provided to licensed programs that agree to participate in the CCFR Subsidy will vary based on the type of child care spaces and ages of the children attending their program. Funding is only available for those licensed programs that opt-in to the program.

The actual reduction in the amount families can expect to pay for child care fees will depend on the current fee the family is paying and the age of the child.

Deadline

Participation in this program is optional and licensed programs can opt-in to the program at any time.

Eligibility

  • Licensed early learning and child care programs (centre-based and family day homes) that charge a child care fee for children five years of age and younger.

Unlicensed early learning and child care programs are encouraged to become licensed so families can start benefiting from the fee reduction. Learn more about starting and operating a licensed early learning and child care program.

How to apply

Licensed program operators can access this funding by contacting the Early Childhood Consultant in their region.

Families with children five years of age or younger who are enroled in a participating licensed program do not need to apply to receive a reduction in their fees.

Contact us

For questions about on how to apply for this subsidy, contact the Early Childhood Consultant in your region from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.