Help for Child Care Expenses

The Child Care Subsidy Program is a provincial program designed to assist Island parents with the cost of child care and daycare services. The program is available for children up to and including 12 year-olds.

How do I apply?

To apply for the program, you must contact the Child Care Subsidy office in your area (see locations below) to set up an appointment with a staff person.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

When you make the appointment, a staff member will let you know the documents to bring. Generally, required identification and documents include the following:

  • income tax information;
  • personal health number (Medicare card);
  • Social Insurance Number;
  • proof of hours of work: current pay stubs or a letter from your employer stating your hours of work, and/or;
  • proof of university/college/or school registration with course schedule.
  • proof of citizenship if you are a new immigrant to Canada.


Your eligibility for subsidy is based on both your family social and financial need. During your appointment, you and a program staff member will complete this assessment.

Your family social need for child care subsidy is determined based on any one or combination of the following:

  • parents who work full-time or part-time;
  • parents who attend education/training programs (who cannot receive child care funding through the program);
  • medical needs of parents; and
  • diagnosed special needs of child(ren).

If your family is eligible based on social need, an income test is completed to determine your financial need. This includes a review of your liquid assets and family income. Income is calculated using information on line 236 of your general income tax return along with deductions from lines 435, 308 and 312.

How much will I pay for child care?

You could be approved for a full subsidy or a partial subsidy, depending on the outcome of the needs assessment.

If approved for subsidy, government will pay the per diem rate established by your child care centre up to the maximum for your child’s age group and type of care, less any costs paid by a parent or another organization on your behalf. Your child care provider will be paid directly.

You will be responsible for paying any difference between the actual cost of your child care and the subsidy amount approved.

Contact the Child Care Subsidy Program

To find out if there help for child care expenses available to you, please contact the Child Care Subsidy Program.

Toll Free in Prince Edward Island: 1-877-569-0546.



Published date: 
February 16, 2018
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General Inquiries

Department of Family and Human Services
2nd Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 620-3777
Toll-free: 1-866-594-3777
Fax: (902) 368-4740