The Child Care Subsidy is a program offered by the City that helps with the cost of licensed childcare if you are the parent, foster parent or legal guardian of a child from birth to 12 years of age and are a resident of the City of Kingston or the County of Frontenac.

The Childcare Subsidy may cover all, or part, of eligible families' childcare costs. The amount of subsidy provided is determined by an income test.

Who is eligible to apply?

To apply for childcare subsidy, families must live in the City of Kingston or County of Frontenac.  Parents or Guardians must be employed or enrolled in an educational or retraining program during the hours when their child is in childcare.

How do I apply?

Follow these three steps.

  1. Register at for a space in the licensed centre of your choice.
  2. The centre will provide confirmation of an available space to the City. The City will then contact you to book an appointment for an income testing assessment application.
  3. Bring documentation to your appointment at Housing and Social Services at 362 Montreal St..

How much will I need to pay for child care?

If your family taxable income is less than $20,000 your childcare will be fully subsidized. If your family taxable income is over $20,000 you will be required to pay a portion of your childcare costs. There is no cut-off income level for eligibility for subsidy, as long as your childcare costs are higher than your assessed family contribution.

The table below lists examples of family/parental contributions:

Annual Taxable Family Income

Annual Contribution

Monthly Contribution