Children's Services

FAQS

I have applied for Child Care Fee Subsidy. I understand I have been placed on a wait list. What happens next and when can I expect a decision?

Once your application was received, a letter of confirmation was mailed to you stating that you have been placed on the ADSAB Fee Subsidy Wait List.  The Wait List is managed on a “first-come, first-served” basis.  You will be contacted as soon as funds become available and given the date, time and location of a “Verification Interview” to assess eligibility.  Your patience is appreciated during the waiting period.

It is important that you notify us of any changes to your contact information so that we can contact you.  You can report changes by completing the “Update Information Form” found in the ‘Apply/Forms’ section of this website.

Note: Parents/guardians should also immediately register their child with  the child care centre of their choice, as it may also have a wait list. The ADSAB Fee Subsidy Wait List is separate from that of the Child Care Centre.

What is the difference between the ADSAB Child Care Fee Subsidy Wait List and the Child Care Centre Wait List?

The ADSAB Fee Subsidy Wait List is for parents who have applied for subsidized child care. Eligible parents are granted in the order which they apply and as dollars become available.

The Child Care Centre you choose may not have space for your child care  requirements, depending on age, hours of care required and number of children.  To enroll in the program you may have to go on their wait list. (Please note, not all Child Care Centers in Algoma have a wait list). 

When you apply for Fee Subsidy, you should inquire with the Child Care Centre to see if they have any openings. If they have a Wait List you should request being added to it as well.

I am expecting a child in the future and will need subsidized child care. Should I apply now?

You can apply now if you are expecting a child in the future due to pregnancy, adoption or some other circumstances, in order to get on the fee subsidy Wait List.  This will increase the chances that a subsidy will be available when you require it for your child. 

You can apply for child care fee subsidy for a future child by completing the printable application and forwarding to your nearest ADSAB office.

What information will I need to provide when applying for child care fee subsidy?

You can apply for a child care fee subsidy by completing the printable application, on the ‘Apply’ section of this website, and forwarding it to your nearest ADSAB office.

You will need the following information for all members of your household:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Health Card
  • Social Insurance Number

You will need the following documents for parents/guardians of your household:

  • The Federal Notice of Assessment (for both spouses if applicable)
and the Universal Child Care Benefit Statement (RC62) (if receiving) 
OR
The Canadian Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) Notice Letter of referral child care subsidy request is due to a recommendation from a social services or health professional.
  • Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) stub (if applicable).

Please do not mail or fax the actual documents.  They will be required only when you attend your interview. You can print the list of “Documents Required for Verification Interview” on the ‘Apply/Forms’ section of this website.

If you do not have the required documents, you can call 1-800-959-8281 for your Notice of Assessment or 1-800-387-1193 for Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice.

How much will I pay for child care?

The actual cost of child care is determined by the individual child care centre and rates often vary depending on the age of the child and the hours of care needed. For current child care fees, you can contact the child care centre directly.  Please see the “Child Care Locations” section of this website for a list of the Child Care Centres in Algoma.

The amount of subsidy that you will receive towards the actual cost of child care is determined through a provincially mandated Income Test.  This will determine the amount of your parental contribution, if any, you will be responsible for.

Eligibility for child care subsidy is based on your net income reported on line 236 of the previous taxation year’s Notice of Assessment (NOA).  As a result, parents applying for child care fee subsidy must provide a copy of:

  • The Federal Notice of Assessment (for both spouses if applicable)
  • and the Universal Child Care Benefit Statement (RC62) (if receiving)
  • OR
 The Canadian Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) Notice

Based on your income, you can expect to pay the following annually towards child care costs:

 

Income Amount Calculation of Parental Contribution
Under $20,000 0% of income under $20,000
(Full fee subsidy, no calculation)
$20,000 – $40,000 0% of income under $20,000
plus
10% of any income over $20,000
Over $40,000 0% of income under $20,000
plus
10% of any income over $20,000
plus
30% of any income over $40,000
Will I receive a receipt for income tax purposes?

All licensed child care centres provide receipts for income tax purposes. You will receive a receipt for the annual parental contribution you paid to your Child Care provider.  You will not, however, receive a receipt for the amount of subsidy that was paid by ADSAB to the Child Care provider on your behalf.

I am currently receiving fee subsidy for child care however I require additional hours of care. What should I do?

If you require additional hours for a child that is currently attending a child care program, or you require care for another child in your household, you will need to complete a “Request for Additional Subsidized Child Care Form”.  You can print this form from the ‘Apply/Forms’ section of this website.

You will continue to receive your current subsidy but will be placed on the ADSAB Fee Subsidy Wait List for the new request and notified once approved.  You may have to provide additional information if required.

I have a child with special needs. What resources are available?

Currently ADSAB purchases special resource services from the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre-Algoma.
Special needs resources provide staff, equipment, supplies and/or services to support children with special needs in integrated child care settings.

Services for children with special needs are offered in all licensed child care programs within the Algoma District. This supports the integration of children with special needs into community licensed child care services. These services are available at no additional cost to the parents.

Resource teachers assist child care agencies in the assessment of children with special needs, prepare individual program plans for each child and provide support to regular caregivers in developing and carrying out daily activities for each special needs child.

Resource teachers also work with parents and program staff to ensure there is a consistent expectation and approach for the children.

For more information about the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre-Algoma please visit their website: www.crcalgoma.ca