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Childcare plays a key role in helping promote healthy child development and helping parents balance the demands of career and family as they participate in the workforce or pursue an education or training.

Families living in the City of Kingston or County of Frontenac who need help with the cost of licensed child care for their children (up to 12 years of age) can apply for a child care subsidy if they meet eligibility requirements.

The Childcare Subsidy program may cover all, or part, of eligible families' childcare costs. The amount of subsidy provided is determined by an income test. To assess family income, applicants are required to provide a copy of their most recent Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Am I eligible?

To apply for childcare subsidy, families must

  • Live in the City of Kingston or County of Frontenac
  • Be employed or enrolled in an educational or retraining program during the hours when their child is in childcare OR be approved through the childcare subsidy referral process

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 childcare?

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












































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