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The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the MNO Child Care Subsidy Program to help Métis families access safe high quality child care. The MNO Child Care Subsidy 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. For further information regarding allowable child care providers and daily rates for in-home and unlicensed care, please click here

To qualify for the MNO Child Care Subsidy Program:

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

All Métis families who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to families in need. To learn more about the Program please see our Program Brochure

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


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

This is a 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.

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

To apply interested families must complete and submit the ELCC Subsidy Application Form including financial statements and a household expense list. Once the application and the required forms and information has been submitted they will be reviewed by the ELCC team to determine how much of a subsidy the family qualifies for.

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 Program to have the remainder of your child care costs covered.

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.

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.

Through this Program the MNO may be able to assist families in such situations on a case-by-case basis. This includes child care that is provided in the family home and private child care arrangements. Please email for more information.

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 family’s provider to ensure these compliance measurements are met.

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.

It depends. Parents or guardians who would like to have their children’s extracurricular activities reimbursed by the MNO are encouraged to complete the Extra-Curricular Reimbursement Form. Please email for more information.

Yes. Families will 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.

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

Updated: June 20, 2022