Fee Subsidy

The Region of Waterloo purchases early learning and child care services on behalf of subsidy eligible families from licensed early learning and child care programs in Waterloo Region. 

 For more information, contact:

Heather Baxter, Program Assistant, C.S. Administration 
519-575-4400 ext 3253


Wage Enhancement/Home Child Care Enhancement Funding

The Ontario government has made an ongoing funding commitment to support a wage enhancement for eligible child care professionals working in licensed child care settings. The 2017 wage enhancement  grant supports an increase of up to $2 per hour, plus 17.5 percent benefits for licensed program staff and home visitors. In addition, the home child care enhancement grant supports an increase of up to $20 per day for home child care providers contracted with a licensed home child care agency. Applications are made to the Region annually by licensed child care centres and/or home child care agencies. Applications for 2017 were due March 27, 2017.

Provincial Wage Enhancement Funding - Child Care Centres & Home 

Home Child Care Enhancement Funding Guide - Private Home Day Care Providers

For more information, please email


 Operating Funding

The Region of Waterloo provides funding to licensed early learning and child care programs to support the costs of operating licensed child care programs. Funding is allocated as Base Funding and Incentive Grants.

Operating Funding Guidelines are available by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Sheri Phillips, Manager Children's Services: 519-575-4757 ext. 5518.


One-Time Funding

One-time funding helps licensed early learning and child care programs and home child care operators meet health and safety requirements,  fire, health, building code and licensing regulations including:

  • Repairs
  • Minor Renovations
  • Equipment Replacement
  • Playground Upgrades

Applications for one-time funding are reviewed when funding is available to distribute to the community. Operators should submit their requests for one- time funding to the Region when:

  1. Application calls are initiated by the Region
  2. As the need arises in the event the Region has year-end surplus funding, all applications will be kept on file and reviewed should surplus funding become available.