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.,

 

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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 25% fee reduction is also set to occur by the end of 2022.

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.

Once we receive more information from the provincial government, Lanark County will be creating an application process to make it easy for your licensed child care provider to apply to a part of the agreement. While this process may take a few months, you will still receive a refund retroactive to April 1, 2022.  Refunds will be made early 2023.

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:

https://www.canada.ca/en/early-learning-child-care-agreement/agreements-provinces-territories/ontario-canada-wide-2021.html 

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

 

 

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