You may be eligible for child care fee subsidy if:
- You have one or more children aged 0-12 years
- You live in the city of London
- You are currently employed
- You are attending an educational institution or have recently started a
training program or training course
- You are the parent or have a child with special needs
- You have been ill, experiencing stress in the family or other similar circumstance
- Your child's doctor or another professional is recommending licensed child
Everyone's circumstances will be different. Filling out an application form is
the easiest way to find out if you qualify for fee subsidy.
This depends on your financial circumstances. You may only have to pay a percentage
of your total child care costs.
Fee Subsidy application
forms can be obtained in many different ways including:
- Apply online
NOTE: It is your
responsibility to submit all required documents to our office
Download the application
Leaving OW/ODSP - let us know on the application form
- Phone the Children's
Services office at 519-661-4834 and an application will be mailed to you
- Applications are
available at any licensed child centre or organization under a purchase of service
agreement with the City. Call or visit your licensed child care centre/organization
of choice and ask for a fee subsidy application
- Pick up an application
in person from the City of London Children's Services office at 151 Dundas Street,
4th floor in London. (S/W corner of Dundas Street and Richmond Street)
Download the referral forms
for your doctor or other
professionals to complete and sign (PDF version)
You fill in the application form.
You will need to provide photocopies of all the documents asked for in the application
and a copy of any referral form you may have.
If you are attending school, you will need to provide a copy of your enrollment
Who should you contact regarding
submitting the form and photocopied documents?
The completed fee subsidy application form and photocopies of requested information
- dropped off in person to the Children's Services
office located at 151 Dundas Street (S/W corner of Dundas Street and Richmond
- faxed to 519-661-5821
- or mailed to the following address:
Street, 4th Floor
London ON N6A 4L6
- A child care application is initially reviewed on a first come, first served
basis by the Child Care Community Support Associate assigned the application.
- If an applicant were determined to be eligible, the Community Support Associate
would place the eligible child's name onto the wait list. Should exits
and funding permit the child to be removed from the wait list and given fee
subsidy, the family would be contacted by the Community Support Associate to
review their current eligibility and, if applicable, an in-office appointment
would be scheduled.
- If an applicant were determined to be ineligible for Child Care Subsidy,
the Community Support Associate will contact the applicant by telephone and
also provide the decision in writing.
Every applicant has the ability to appeal an ineligibility decision. The Manager,
Child Care Fee Subsidy considers every written appeal, reviews and reassesses the
original application and any new information submitted to the Child Care office.
All appeal decisions, whether to overturn or support the original decision are
explained to the applicant by telephone and provided in writing.
Effective January 1, 2007, Income Testing will be used to determine eligibility
for fee subsidy. Eligibility for child care subsidy will be based on income only.
The only documents that are allowed to determine income testing are the most recent
taxation year of the Federal Notice of Assessment, the Canadian Child Tax
Benefit Notice, the Ontario Child Benefit Notice and the RC143E Income Tax Return
Eligibility will continue to be based on the income of either one or both parents,
depending on the family situation like single, separated and married parents.
Each parent/guardian must be working or going to school.
You and your spouse/partner, if applicable, must file your Income Tax annually
in order to apply, be eligible and to maintain your child care subsidy.
You need to choose a licensed child care centre or private in-home care provider
affiliated with a licensed agency that has a purchase of service agreement with
the City of London and best suits the needs of your family.
Make the arrangements for your child and let us know. We will take care of the
rest. The Child Care office will send the fee subsidy payments directly to the centre.
If at anytime your situation changes, like moving to a new address, have a new
child or a change in martial status, you must contact your Community Support Associate
to let them know.
Click on the link for a pdf version of the
Community Services Department
Neighbourhood and Children's Services
151 Dundas Street, 4th Floor
London, Ontario N6A 4L6
Manager and Community Support Associates:
Manager, Fee Subsidy
519-661-2500 ext. 4794
519-661-2500 ext. 2732
519-661-2500 ext. 5453
519-661-2500 ext. 5465
519-661-2500 ext. 2728
519-661-2500 ext. 5919
519-661-2500 ext. 5518
For information on types of available child care as well where to find licensed
child care in London, please go to
"Search by Category" and then select "Child Care." From there, select "Download
the Family Info Child Care in London" brochure. This brochure features a numbered
map that makes it easy to search for child care locations in areas that work best
for parents, either near their homes or on their routes to work.
Other sites to visit for valuable information are:
Q. What is the Fee Subsidy Program and who does it serve?
A. Fee Subsidy is a program that is intended to assist eligible families with
the cost of their child care expenses. It supports eligible families by paying a
portion of their total licensed child care costs, as funding permits.
Q. Why is there a Wait List for Fee Subsidy?
A. There has been an increased demand for Fee Subsidy combined with a lack of sufficient
funding to meet this increased demand.
Q. When can I expect to receive Fee Subsidy?
A. The Fee Subsidy program is a provincially mandated program with capped funding
and currently, the funding that we receive does not meet the demand for Fee Subsidy.
This has created the need for a wait list. Due to the increased demand and limited
funding for this program, wait list priorities have been developed by community
stakeholders and approved by London’s Municipal Council.
If and when funds become available, families will become eligible for Fee Subsidy
in the following priority order, on a first-come, first-served basis:
WAIT LIST PRIORITIES as approved by City of London Council: Within the approved
annual budget for the child care fee subsidy program, eligible child(ren) on the
wait list will be considered for approval by priority and date of eligibility.
There will be 2 priorities
1. Under LICO (Low Income Cut Off)
2. Over LICO (Low Income Cut Off)
Q. I don’t like this situation. How do I change this and what can be done to
speed up my eligibility for Fee Subsidy assistance?
A. We operate under a provincially mandated program with capped funding and currently,
the funding that we receive does not meet the demand for the program. We have
made our concerns about this funding gap known to our Members of Parliament.
We have no way of knowing at this time if or when funds will be available to place
your child(ren) into subsidized child care.
Your eligibility for Fee Subsidy funding is based upon available funding combined
with your priority placement on the above list. If your need for child care is immediate,
it is suggested that you investigate other options at this time. Also, please be
reminded that if you are eligible in future, your Fee Subsidy will begin on the
day that we contact you. It will not be backdated to the date that we first received
Q. I cannot afford the cost of licensed child care. What can I do?
A. Other options you might wish to consider are:
• Unlicensed child care arrangements (example, a trusted family member, friend or
• Ontario Early Years Centres provides a listing of home care providers in the community.
(call Childreach at 519-434-3644 for more information)
• For sole support parents – Is your child’s other parent able to help pay for the
costs of your child’s child care?
• Ontario Early Years Centres offer no-cost and low-cost programming for children
and parents which you or your designated child care provider may be able to access
www.ontarioearlyyears.ca or call 1-866-821-7770); and
• You may pick up a Community Resource Package for London Fee Subsidy Families from
our office at 151 Dundas St. London (4th Floor) N6A 4L6.
Wait List Information Update
The Children's Services Fee Subsidy office would like to let you know of some
policy changes that may affect you and your child. Currently, there are over
400 children on the waiting list for fee subsidy. Our office has been reviewing
our policies and business practices to gain savings where possible, knowing that
any savings we can get will allow more children on the subsidy waiting list to go
to child care so their parents can work or attend school. Our office has reviewed
the current waitlist priorities and their impact.
As of January 1, 2012, the Wait list Priority System is changing:
i. There will be 2 priorities
1. Under LICO (Low Income Cut Off)
2. Over LICO (Low Income Cut Off)
ii. LICO is a measure developed by Statistics Canada that determines at what
which a family will spend a larger share on their income to the necessities of food,
and clothing than an average family of the same size.
LICO is specific for each community and the income levels are reviewed each year
Statistics Canada. London/Middlesex has its own LICO numbers.
iv. LICO looks at number of people in the family.
1. For Fee Subsidy purposes, family is defined as:
2.All children under the age of 19 years living in the home. On the 19th birthday,
child is considered an adult.
3. Legally married or common law relationships, including a person(s) with legal
custody of a
child(ren) or the intention to treat a child(ren) as a child of their own.
The new priorities are more inclusive because they take into account family composition.
The updated approach should help many families with incomes greater than $20,000
access fee subsidy.
2) Finding out if you are Priority 1or 2 (Guideline only):
a. For the adults applying for subsidy
i. Add together the Line 236 of the most recent Revenue Canada Notice of Assessment
(NOA) or the Canadian Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) for each adult in the family.
b. Number of people in your family:
||Family's Adjusted Annual Income
|7 or more persons
Determine how many people are in your family, then look at the total for the NOA.
• If your NOA totals are less than the number in the right column, you could be
a priority 1.
• If NOA totals are more than the number in the right column, you could be a priority
1) David has 3 children and is a single parent. His line 236 on his 2010 NOA says
are 4 people in his family (David plus his three children) and his income is less
David's children are a priority 1(Under LICO) on the fee subsidy waiting list.
2) Pat and Chris have been living together for 2 years. Chris has a child from a
relationship and Pat has a child from a prior relationship. Chris and Pat have a
There are 5 people in the family. Since Pat and Chris have a child together they
are considered an
intact family with the intention of treating each other's child and their own child
as a family.
Pat AND Chris (BOTH) need to submit their Revenue Canada Notice of Assessments.
The total for both
of the NOAs is $36, 789. Pat and Chris's children are a Priority 2 (Over LICO) on
the fee subsidy