Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program

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The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program to help Métis families access safe high quality child care. The MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program is for Métis families who have child care costs for their children attending a child care centre (ages 0-4) or a before and after school program (ages 4-12). Families who are receiving regional or municipal childcare subsidies can also access the program to help cover additional costs.

To qualify for the MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program applicants must:

  • One parent or guardian must be an MNO Citizen
  • Have a child aged 0-12 in need of child care
  • Reside in Ontario

All Métis families who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to families in need.

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CONTACT: If you need help with your application or would like to learn more about the Program please contact the Early Learning and Child Care team at elccsupport@metisnation.org. 


FAQ

1. What is a child care subsidy?

A child care subsidy is a payment that reduces the amount of money a family pays to a licensed child care provider for their children provided they are under the age of 12.

2. How does the Program work?

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program is a child care subsidy program that is needs based rather than income based. The Program takes into consideration that a Métis family’s household income does not always cover all household needs and family expenses.

 3. Who is eligible for the MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program?

You are eligible for this Program if you have a one or more children between the ages of 0 to 12 and are in need of child care. At least one parent or guardian must be an MNO citizen and you must reside in Ontario. All Métis families who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply. While each family will be equitably assessed priority will be given to families with the most need.

4. How do I apply for the MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program?

To apply interested families must complete and submit the MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program Online Application. As part of the application you will be required to submit financial statements and a household expense list. Once the application has been submitted the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) team will review the information provided to determine if you qualify or not. If you qualify for the Program the ELCC team will then determine the amount of the child care subsidy to be distributed.  

5. I am currently receiving a child care subsidy from my Municipality. Can I still apply for the MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program?

Yes. If you are part of a Métis family that is already receiving a Regional or Municipal child care subsidy you can still apply for the MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program to have the remainder of your child care costs covered.

6. What child care centres qualify under the Program?

To qualify a child care centre must be licensed and meet all regulations under the Ontario Child Care Licensing Manual. This includes child care sites, home-based child care locations, and extended day programs. The ELCC team will verify this information through the Ontario Ministry of Education licensed child care portal.

7. How are payments made?

Payments will be made directly to the child care site on a quarterly basis. The ELCC team will work closely with the MNO finance branch to ensure payments are made in a timely fashion.

8. Are there any compliance measurements that might affect my funding?

Yes. To qualify a family must be in good financial standing with their child care provider and a child can only have three (3) unexcused absences. The ELCC team will work with the provider to ensure these compliance measurements are met.

9. Can families with multiple children apply?

Yes. Families with multiple children can apply. To do this each child needs to be listed separately on the application. Families will need to indicate the specific needs for each individual child as different programs and age groupings affect daily child care rates.

10. Does the MNO Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program cover the cost of camps and extracurricular activities?

Yes. There is a separate application for this. Families who need to have their children’s extracurricular activities reimbursed by the MNO need to complete the Extra-Curricular Reimbursement form.  Please email elccsupport@metisnation.org for more information.

11. Do I have to reapply for funding each year?

Yes. Families need to re-apply for funding on a yearly basis. This is because as a child grows the cost of care changes. Therefore, a yearly re-application is necessary to determine a child’s individual child care expenses.

12. How much will my family receive?

The amount will vary depending on each family’s unique circumstances. Subsidy amounts are subject to the number of applications received and the availability of funding.

Posted: January 24, 2020