Early childhood program operating subsidy

Overview

Early Childhood Program (ECP) operating subsidy assists licensed early learning and child care programs (licensed programs) with the day-to-day costs of running a licensed program. This funding helps child care providers maintain quality early learning child care for the community.

Status 

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Available funding

The ECP operating subsidy is an attendance-based quarterly contribution through which early learning and child care providers receive a fixed daily rate per attending child. 

Funding is calculated based on the type of program and location (zone). 

Programs located in government-owned buildings are funded at 75% of the daily rate. 

Full-time daily rates for the ECP operating subsidy

Type of child care space Zone A Zone B
Infant/special needs $35.75 $49.66
Pre-school $14.17 $19.81
Out-of-school $4.72 $5.01

Note: Part-time spaces are funded at half the full-time rate.

Deadline

Applications can be submitted at anytime; payments are made quarterly.

Eligibility 

How to apply

We recommend you contact the Early Childhood Consultant in your region to discuss your application before you apply. 

Before you apply download the application.

  1. Complete the application and prepare your supporting documents.
  2. Submit your completed application to the Early Childhood Consultant in your region.

Contact us

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