Lanark County Children's Services

As a Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM), Lanark County plans, funds, and delivers services for the local licensed child care system, focusing on providing high quality child care and early learning that fosters success for every child.

Children’s Services support families, children and licensed child care programs by providing:

  • Financial assistance to eligible families to afford licensed child care in Lanark County through fee subsidy.  Fee subsidy is available to families who qualify to help offset the costs of childcare for children up to 12 years of age.
  • Wage enhancement to licensed child care operators.

 * Please note at this time Lanark County Children’s Services is not accepting new applications for licensed child care provider contracts.


To become a Licensed Child Care Provider in Ontario, please visit the Ontario Government's website regarding the process and information.   Operating a licensed child care program |


Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) Agreement

The federal and provincial governments recently signed the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement aimed at making child care more affordable for families.

If you have a child under 6 years in licensed child care and the centre chooses to participate in the agreement, you may receive a 25% child care fee reduction as of April 1, 2022.  An additional 27.75% fee reduction (52.75% total) took place January 1, 2023.

If your licensed child care provider decides to participate and is approved, they will let you know when you can receive your refund. If your provider decides not to participate in the agreement, they must let you know.

We encourage parents/caregivers to reach out to their child care providers for any questions related to whether your child care provider intends to apply to participate in the agreement.

Need help covering the cost of licensed child care? Learn more about opportunities for a child care subsidy.


Please find information from the Federal Government, please visit: 

For additional information on Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELLC) program, please visit the Lanark County CWELCC page.



Child Care & Early Service Plan (April 2019), updated April 2023

For additional information on the plan, please visit Lanark County Plans, Studies and Reports.



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