Eligible lower- to middle-income families can apply for child care subsidies if they have a child enrolled in:
- licensed daycare centres
- licensed group family child care
- approved family day homes
- licensed out-of-school care centres
Learn about the maximum subsidy rates (PDF, 18 KB). These vary by program type and the age of child attending child care.
How to apply
You can now apply online using a computer, tablet, or mobile phone through the Child Care Subsidy Application.
Child Care Subsidy Application
As part of the assessment process, we may contact you if we need additional information or documents.
If you need help or have questions about using the new Child Care Subsidy online application, call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992. If you experience any technical issues, have any feedback on the new application, or have any questions about an application you have submitted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you apply online, you will need to submit the CRA Consent Applicant Declaration and Acknowledgement form. (PDF, 121 KB)
Information about MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI)
MyAlberta Digital ID is your single, verified online identity for interacting with Government of Alberta online programs and services. It is free to create and gives you secure access to apply for child care subsidy.
MyAlberta Digital ID allows you to start an application for child care subsidy, stop, and then come back to it later. If you are in the middle of an application, simply log back in to continue.
During the application process, you will be required to create a MADI account.
You can apply for child care subsidy if:
- you and/or your spouse/partner, or the child receiving care are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and live in Alberta
- you or your spouse/partner are an Alberta resident
- your children are 12 years of age or younger and are not yet attending Grade 7
- you and your spouse/partner:
- are currently working, attending school, looking for work, have special needs or your child has a special need
Your eligibility will also depend on:
- your income
- your reason for needing child care
- the number of children requiring care
- the size of your family
- the type of child care program you are using
- when your child started or when they will start attending care
Find eligible child care services
Learn about what to look for when finding qualified child care.
Use the Child Care Lookup tool to find information about licensed child care programs.
Estimate your subsidy
Use the online subsidy estimator to find out the approximate amount of your subsidy.
The estimator calculates potential subsidy for families who require full-time child care (100+ hours per month). Note, the information you provide in the estimator is not shared or saved.
Types of subsidies
Child care subsidy
The child care subsidy assists:
- eligible families with children 0 to 12 years of age and not yet in Grade 7 to pay child care costs for children enrolled in:
- an approved family day home
- a licensed day care program
- licensed out-of-school care program
- licensed group family child care program
Extended hours subsidy
The extended hours subsidy assists families with a valid reason for child care outside of the regular hours of 6 am to 6 pm or on weekends to receive, in addition to the child care subsidy, an extra $100 per month per child.
- The licensed or approved program must be approved to offer extended hours of care.
- The child must require 4 or more hours of extended hours of care in a month for the family to receive the additional $100.
After you apply
If you meet certain conditions, you will receive a conditional 2-month subsidy after submitting your application while we complete your assessment. If you do not meet the conditional acceptance requirements, you will receive subsidy once your application is approved.
Depending on the details of your application, you may be required to provide additional documentation to complete your application. We will let you know what documents are required towards the end of the assessment process.
Each subsidy starts at the beginning of the month your completed application is received. You can apply as early as the month before your child is starting child care. For example, if your child’s start date is September 1, you can apply as early as August 1.
If approved for a subsidy, you will receive a letter indicating the subsidy start and end date and the amount your child care program will receive on your behalf.
If you did not submit all of your supporting documentation when you applied, you will be given a 2-month conditional approval period to submit them. Once all necessary documents are received and approved, the subsidy may be granted for a maximum period of 12 months. You will be responsible for returning any funds paid if all documentation is not submitted within the time period specified.
Applications that are not approved
If your application is not approved, you will receive a letter stating the reasons why the subsidy application was not approved. You can request a review of a subsidy decision by submitting the Administrative Review Request form (PDF, 153 KB) within 30 days from the date of the decision.
Renew your subsidy
In order to continue to receive your subsidy, you must renew it before it expires. We will send you a notice to let you know when it is time, or you can contact the Alberta Supports Contact Centre to find out when your subsidy ends.
You can renew your subsidy as early as the first day of the month in which your subsidy ends. For example, if your subsidy expires August 31, you can renew your subsidy as early as August 1.
Change personal information
You must report a personal change of information as soon as possible. Changes to your personal information can result in an increase or decrease in subsidy benefits, or you may have to pay some of the subsidy back. The subsidy does not cover services already received.
Some reasons to update your information include:
- you or the co-applicant no longer require child care, for example:
- you are no longer working
- not attending school
- no longer have special needs
- you have a decrease in annual income that may impact your subsidy benefits
Other reasons to change your information:
- addition, removal or transfer of a child in child care
- change in marital status
- change of address or telephone number
- change of an applicant, co-applicant or dependent name
- change in the number of people in your family structure (for example, addition of a dependent)
- extension of your subsidy while looking for work (up to a total of 4 months)
- change in “On Reserve” or “Métis Settlement” status
Apply by form
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We encourage all applicants to apply online as a paper application can take much longer to process. However, child care subsidy applicants can still apply using the paper form.
To apply using the paper form, download and fill out the Application for Child Care Subsidy (PDF, 260 KB) form.
If you or your child’s reason for care is a special need, you must submit a completed Verification for Need for Child Care – Special Needs (PDF, 305 KB).
For general inquiries about child care subsidies, contact the Alberta Supports Contact Centre:
If you are applying by form, send your completed application forms and any email inquiries to the provincial subsidy office:
Child Care Subsidy
PO Box 1641, Station M
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2N9