Childcare Subsidy

Government of Alberta - Ministry of Children and Family Services

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Provides financial assistance to eligible families with the cost of childcare.

Service offers:

  • financial assistance to eligible families to help with the cost of childcare

Approved childcare facilities include:

  • licensed facility-based programs: daycare, out-of-school care, and preschool
  • licensed family day home agencies
  • licensed group family childcare

Also provides extra supports, including:

  • Extended Hours Childcare Subsidy for parents who work or attend classes during evenings or weekends

Maximum subsidy rates vary by:

  • family's household income
  • program type
  • age of child attending childcare
  • hours attended
Yes, Service targeted to:
  • parents / caregivers or their spouses / partners who are residents of Alberta
  • who are, or have a child who is, a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, temporary resident with a work permit, refugee claimant, or protected person claimant
  • who are working, looking for work, attending school, or have special needs or have a child with a special need
  • with children 12 years and younger not yet attending grade 7
  • and have a secured spot in a licensed facility-based program with preschool, daycare, or out-of-school care, or a family day home program overseen by a licensed agency
  • with an annual total family income less than $180,000 for children 0 years to kindergarten age in childcare during regular school hours and $90,000 for children in kindergarten to grade 6 in childcare outside of school hours
Application Process
Service Access: Application Required, To access service:
  • visit website for application and information
The amount of subsidy received will depend on the age of the child receiving care, type of child care program, the hours of care required, and household income.
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

There is a wait time. It fluctuates based on the volume of applications received.  

Toll Free
1-877-644-9992 (Alberta Supports Contact Centre)
780-644-9992 (Alberta Supports Contact Centre)
Web Site
Fee: No

Fee Reduction: No

Membership Fee: No

Wheelchair access: N/A -
Other disabled access: N/A -
Agency Information
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Last Verified On
November 20, 2023
Hours of Operation
07:30 AM to 08:00 PM
07:30 AM to 08:00 PM
07:30 AM to 08:00 PM
07:30 AM to 08:00 PM
07:30 AM to 08:00 PM