Child care fee reduction subsidy
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 another 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 keep the GNWT on track to meet the goals set out 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:
- Information for families - Helping families with child care costs
- Information for licensed programs - Helping families with child care costs
Participating licensed programs
Questions? Contact the Early Childhood Consultant in your region from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm.
The amount of funding provided to licensed programs that opt-in to 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 licensed programs that opt-in to receive ECE funding.
The actual reduction in the amount families can expect to pay for child care fees will depend on the current fee the licensed program is charging and the age of the child.
Licensed programs also receive funding to administer the CCFR Subsidy, this amount is calculated monthly based on the number of children registered per month.
|Number of Registered Children per Month||Administration Funding per Month||Maximum Administration Funding per Year|
|1 to 10||$150/Month||$1,800/Year|
|11 to 30||$450/Month||$5,400/Year|
|31 to 50||$750/Month||$9,000/Year|
|51 to 80||$1,200/Month||$14,400/Year|
|81 or more||$1,500/Month||$18,000/Year|
Licensed programs can opt-in to the program at any time.
- Licensed early learning and child care programs (centre-based programs and family day homes) that charge a fee for early learning and child care for children five years of age and younger.
Unlicensed early learning and child care programs are encouraged to become licensed so they can start benefiting from the ECE funding and families can benefit from reduced fees through the CCFR Subsidy. 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 enrolled in a participating licensed program do not need to apply to receive a reduction in their fees.
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.