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Child Care in Canada

Posted by Randstad Canada on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 @ 09:02 AM

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 In an upcoming survey that Randstad Canada commissioned, performed by Ipsos Reid we saw that 61% of women managers and executives say that managing work and family is their biggest obstacle in career progression. Given that, we need to look at what that obstacle means. One major part of that obstacle is child care and where you live in Canada can determine how great an obstacle that really is. Childcare is fundamental to the working success of single mothers, but it is also important for the majority of modern families, where two parents are working full time. In some regions childcare can be as expensive as college tuition, which on a young family can be an enormous economic burden.

The nation’s child care network and the programs available to families aren’t built equally. Which province has the best system is up for debate, but the one that is most simple to understand would be Quebec’s. The Quebec government recognizes three types of subsidized daycare services, available to parents and has made them available at a cost of $7 per child per day. They are: childcare centres, day care centres, and home childcare providers. With a system that costs $35 a week, Quebec’s is the most affordable.


National Child Care Benefits



Child Tax Credit (CTC)

Each family can claim certain amount per child under 18.

Children's Fitness Credit (CFC)

Parents can claim up to $500 per child under 16

Children's Art Credit (CAC)

Parents can claim up to $500 per child under 16

Child Care Deduction (CCD)

Up to $5,000 per child under 7 and $,3000 per child over 7

Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)

Receive $100/mth/child under 6

Child Disability Benefit (CDB)

Tax-free benefit up to $2,626/year/child under 18

Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)

$119.14/mth/child under 18, additional $8.33 for third each additional child

Canada Child Tax Benefit (Alberta)

$110/under 7; $117.41/7-11; $131.41/12-15; $139.16/16-17

National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS)

$185.08 for first child; $163.66 for second; $155.75 for each additional


On top of national child care programs, the provinces also administer their own through the Canadian Revenue Agency. Each of these has their own requirements that limit their engagement by income bracket or location. Additionally there are some programs that are ran outside of the CRA, primarily by Quebec, an example is their $7 a day program.


Provincial Child Care Benefit Programs

Provincial administered by CRA


Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit

$728 for first child; $662 for second; $397 for third; $132 for fourth

BC Family Bonus

Up to $111 per child per month

BC Earned Income Benefit

Family earned annual income more than $3,750 may be entitled.

New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit

Up to $20.83/child/month

New Brunswick School Supplement

$100/month for children born between 1996-2008

Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit

$30.33 for first child; $32.16 for second; $34.58 for third; $37.08 for each additional

Newfoundland and Labrador Mother Baby Nutrition Supplement

Up to $60/mth/child under 1

Northwest Territories Child Benefit

Basic benefit of $27.50/mth/child

NWT Territorial Worker's supplement

$22.91 for one; $29.16 for two or more

Nova Scotial Chlid Benefit

$52.08 for first; $68.75 for second; $75.00 for additional

Nunavut Child Benefit


Nunavut Territorial Worker's Supplement

$22.91 for one; $29.61 for tw or more

Ontario Child Benefit

Up to $100.38 per child

Yukon Child Benefit

Up to $57.50 per child



Provincial not administered by CRA


Quebec Child Assistance Payments

Dependent on family income

Quebec Child Handicap Supplement


Manitoba Child Benefit

Actual family income and actual benefits only determined follwing individual assessment of each application

Saskatchewan Child Care Subsidies

Subsidy amounts calculated by gross family income, family size, age of child, location of child care facility, actual fee charged



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