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Child care subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy Program assists families who need child care for their children and may not be able to afford the cost of child care.

Updated in 2015, the subsidy program provides financial help to eligible families whose children attend licensed child care centres or family day homes.

Child care subsidies will increase

The amount of subsidy is based on an income test, which is the combined net income of your family.

This test takes into account family size, income, and the community in which you live.


You can apply for subsidy when:

  • You have a job either full or part-time
  • You are looking for a job
  • You are attending school or a training program, full or part-time
  • You are having medical treatment
  • You or your child have a special need based on a professional assessment
  • You need to meet a short-term family crisis

To qualify for a subsidy, a family must use a licensed child care program.


How do I apply?


Complete the Application for Child Care Subsidy form [English | French]. The Application form, along with all other forms that may be needed can be downloaded from the "documents" section near the end of this webpage, or picked up at:

  • Child Care Services Office at 9010 Quartz Road in Whitehorse (located beside the Feed Store, in the same building as the Whitehorse Health Centre)

Depending on your circumstances, you may have to provide information on your income, employment, school/training or information on a special need for yourself or your child. The information we need for you include in your application is outlined in the Application for Child Care Subsidy form. If you have any questions any time while completing the application, please contact us for clarification.

When sending in your application, be sure to enclose all required information. If your application is missing information, it can cause delay in receiving the subsidy.


 Submit an Application for Child Care Subsidy form with all the supporting information to the Child Care Services office.


 When your application is complete, it will be reviewed to see if you qualify for a subsidy.


 You will receive a letter informing you of the decision.

Note: Your application for subsidy will not be processed and no money will be paid to your centre or day home until you have provided all required information to the Child Care office.


Subsidy Rates are determined by;

The maximum subsidy rates payable are set out in the Child Care Subsidy Regulations and are based on:

  • Age of the child;
  • Hours in dayhome or child care centre;
  • Special Needs for the child;

Please review the Table below for Child Care Subsidy Rates.

Please note that child care centres and family day homes may charge more than the rates set out in the regulations.

Child Care Subsidy Rates

Subsidy rates are established on the basis of a child (defined as 12 years of age and under, and includes special needs children 16 years of age and under) needing part-time (less than 100 hours per month) or full-time care (attendance of 100 hours or more in a program). The anticipated number of hours of child care required is the basis for setting the level of subsidy available to the family.

Maximum child care subsidy rates (Effective December 1, 2015):


Age of Child

Monthly hours in care

Maximum subsidy


0 – 18 months*

100 or more hours



19 – 36 months

100 or more hours


(including half time kindergarten)

37 – 59
months (or 71 months if half-day kindergarten)

100 or more hours


Special Needs
(infant, toddler and pre-school)**

0 – 59 months
(or 71 months if half-day kindergarten)

100 or more hours



60 months +

Less than 80 hours


- Summer months

60 months +

100 or more hours


School Age

72 months +

Less than 80 hours


School Age
- Summer months

72 months +

100 plus


* In the month when an infant becomes 18 months old, the maximum rate payable for a child under 18 months shall be paid. The new subsidy rate for a toddler will begin the following month.

** Special needs children aged 16 years or under are eligible for a maximum subsidy of $688.00 while attending over 100 hours per month; $517.00 while attending 80 – 100 hours per month and, $347.00 while attending less than 80 hours per month.

Note: In the case of school age and full time kindergarten children, adjustment is made for holiday periods when the child will be in attendance at a child care program on full time basis (i.e. Christmas, March break, last week of June). During these periods if the child is in attendance at the centre for over 100 hours per month subsidy will be paid at the fulltime rate. If the amount of time falls between 80-100 hours the subsidy rate will be $413.00.

Process after Qualified

If I'm eligible for a subsidy, what happens next?


Once approved, we will send you a letter that will tell you how many months you are approved for and the amount that Child Care Services will pay on your behalf towards your child care fees


 On a monthly basis, your child care program will require you to sign a Child Care User Subsidy Eligibility form [English | French
which they submit along with their billing form.

  • This lets us know that you need child care for the coming month and that your circumstances have not changed.

Note: You are the only one who can sign the Child Care User Subsidy Eligibility form, and you must not sign more than one form at a time.


 We will send you a letter in the mail notifying you to re-apply for subsidy about six weeks before your subsidy expires.

Note: It is very important to reapply on time, or you may be responsible for child care fees if the application is late.


 The child care centre or family day home submits the billing form and payment is made directly to the child care provider on your behalf.

  • If the child care program you are using charges more than the maximum amount of subsidy set out in the regulations and that you qualify for, you must pay the child care provider the difference.

When to Reapply

When must I reapply for a subsidy after it has been approved?

You will need to reapply to the program when:


 Your current subsidy is expiring;

  • To re-apply, complete and submit an Application for Child Care Subsidy form and required documentation.

Note: It is very important to reapply on time, or you may be responsible for child care fees if the application is late.


 There are any changes in your marital status, number of children, job, income or reason for needing child care.

  • Submit an Eligibility form indicating the change;
  • Complete and submit an Application for Child Care Subsidy form and required documentation.


Contact info

Child Care Services Unit

Phone: 867-667-3492

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3492

Fax: 867-393-6250


Mailing Address:

Child Care Services Unit (H-12)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

Location: 9010 Quartz Road | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]


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