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$10-a-day child care for families in Ontario

On March 28, the Province and federal government reached an agreement on a national child care plan for Ontario. The new Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care agreement(link is external) establishes the path forward in providing a national system of high-quality, affordable and inclusive early learning and child care services for all families

Children’s Services is excited about this announcement. We are following the Provincial guidelines and implementing the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) system in phases. Our immediate focus is on affordability for families and reducing parent fees by 25 per cent in 2022.

For more information, go to New national child care system.

Ottawa child care registry and waitlist (to register and apply for child care)

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 care and or nursery/pre-school care.
  • Apply for full fee (Registry) or fee subsidy (Waitlist) by completing just one application.

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

  1. Go to the online Child Care Registry and Waitlist.
  2. If you are a new applicant, create a new account and choose a passphrase (password).
    • 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".
    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 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 email 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. A child care agency will contact you directly once a space is available.
  8. For technical support with your application, email or call 1-888-722-1540.

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 email 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.

Start your online application for licensed child care (this will take you to an external website outside of