Service and Funding Agreements

The Region of Waterloo enters into Service and Funding Agreements with licensed child care operators to,

  • Place children of subsidy eligible families;
  • Issue funding the operator is eligible to apply for and receive.  Operators must have a Service and Funding Agreement with the Region to apply for funding.

New operators or potential operators must complete and submit,

Information about entering into a Service and Funding Agreement with the Region of Waterloo is detailed in a report to Community Services Committee

New child care programs must be operating for a period of time before the Region will enter into a Service and Funding Agreement.

For more information, contact:

Melodie Klassen, Supervisor, ELCC Business Administration, Children's Services
519-575-4400 ext 5483.


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.

More information on Operating Funding is now available for operators on our newly launched Children's Services Portal. Please log in to your head office account to download and/or upload Operating Funding guidelines, funding applications, allocations and reporting templates.

If you require any assistance accessing the Children's Services Portal, please contact us at or at 519-575-4400 ext. 3610.


Special Purpose Expense Funding

Special Purpose Expense 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 Special Purpose Expense are reviewed when funding is available to distribute to the community. Operators should submit their requests for one- time funding to the Region when application calls are initiated by the Region.