Hamilton. Healthy & Safe Communities Department, Children's Services & Neighbourhood Development
Child Care Subsidy Program

This service/organization is experiencing a closure or cancellation due to the COVID-19 virus. Visit the City of Hamilton Closures and Cancellations website for details and updates.

There is a waiting list for child care subsidy.

Financial assistance for eligible families requiring child care for children. City enters into Service Agreements to provide subsidized child care with child care centres, home child care agencies, before and after school programs and summer camps.

Depending on circumstances, applicants may be put on existing waiting list. Wait times will vary according to a family's priority for service and the available funding.

This group is not wait listed:

Eligible families with a child who requires special needs resources.

Eligible families in high-risk situations and young parents aged 16 to 25 years.

Lister Block
28 James St N 6th Floor
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K1
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Phone: 905-546-4870


Age 12 years and younger; Eligibility is based on income and reasons for needing child care. You must meet at least one of the following criteria: Live in Hamilton, be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Refugee, or have a valid Work Permit. Working or attending school a minimum of 20 hours/week. Participating in an approved employment assistance activity through Ontario Works. Received approval through the child care referral process.


Complete the Online Application Form, or call for information.




Fully Accessible



Areas Served

Hamilton (City of);

Agency Type

Local Government