Ministry of Children's Services

Government of Alberta - Childcare Subsidy

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

Service offers:

  • financial assistance to eligible low to middle income 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 other options for childcare if daycare is not suitable, including:

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

Maximum subsidy rates vary by:

  • program type
  • age of child attending childcare
  • type of care accessed
Yes, Service targeted to parents or caregivers who:
  • are Alberta residents 
  • are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada or their child / children are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • are currently working, attending school, looking for work, have a special need, or have children with a special need
  • have children 12 years of age or younger and not yet attending grade 7
  • have children enrolled in a licensed facility-based program (daycare, out-of-school care, or preschool) or licensed family day home agency
  • and meet the family gross income eligibility threshold of under $90,000 per year plus applicable deductions
Application Process
Service Access: Application Required, To access service:
  • visit website for application and information
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

There is a wait time.

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 -
Legal Status
Provincial Government
Last Updated On
January 10, 2020
Hours of Operation
07:30 AM - 08:00 PM
07:30 AM - 08:00 PM
07:30 AM - 08:00 PM
07:30 AM - 08:00 PM
07:30 AM - 08:00 PM