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Ottawa Child Care Registry and Waitlist

The Ottawa Child Care Registry and Waitlist is an online application for parents looking for Licensed child care. Parents can:

  • Choose from home-based care, centre-based care, school age care and or nursery/pre-school care.
  • Apply for full fee, subsidy or both by completing just one application.

For information about finding the right care for your family, visit our Information for parents page.

How to apply for licensed child care referred to as the Registry?

Here are the steps you need to follow to complete your application:

  1. Go to the online Child Care Registry and Waitlist (this will take you to an external website outside of
  2. If you are a new applicant, create a new account and choose a passphrase (password).
    1. Returning users should log into their existing account.
  3. Complete the parent and child details information screens.
  4. Apply to the child care programs that best meet your needs:
    1. Select "Full Fee" or "Subsidy" (if you need help to pay for your daycare costs).
    2. Select the appropriate start date of care. For example, if you need before and after school care for the upcoming school year, enter September 1.
    3. Select the appropriate provider type (centre-based, home-based, school age or nursery) that meets your needs.
    4. Select the program type (full days, part days, before and/or after school, PD days etc.).
    5. Based on the care requirements selected, the Registry will provide you with a list of child care programs offered in the City of Ottawa. From the list, apply to the child care programs that best meet your needs.
  5. Prioritize your program choices; your number one choice should be your preferred child care service provider and program.

  6. Once you are finished your application, you will get a confirmation e-mail telling you that your application is either complete or incomplete. If your application is incomplete, you will need to log back into the online application and give the missing information.

  7. Important – All parents on the Registry and Waitlist MUST log into their account every 60 days to update their information. This will ensure that child care service providers have the most current information to contact parents quickly when they have a child care space to fill. Parents who fail to log into their account after 60 days will get a reminder e-mail at 90 days and a final notice at 120 days. At this point, parents will have 72 hours to log into their account. Failure to do so will result in a final notification advising them that their application(s) for child care will no longer be active in the Child Care Registry and Waitlist.

  8. A child care agency will contact you directly once a space is available.

  9. For technical support with your application, e-mail or call 1-888-722-1540.

Child care subsidy (referred to as the Waitlist)

To apply for a child care fee subsidy, visit Help with your daycare costs.

Start your online application for licensed child care