2014 Update - Child Care Funding Formula

We are currently working with the Ministry to better understand the funding formula, announced at this time last year.We have to have more information in January.

This year, many municipalities report getting more money than expected.

Check the funding allocations below for 2014 child care funding. Be sure to compare to the amount received in 2013.

At the same time, 18 municipalities are scheduled to have cuts to child care in 2017. Last year, they received a one-time payment to cover three years of mitigation funding to guarantee stable funding for the next three years. 

There should not be cuts to child care services.

We are aware several municipalities are moving ahead with cuts to child care and the OCBCC is very concerned.

If your service manager is making cuts to child care services, please let us know.


Funding Formula

The funding formula changes the way that all child care funding flows from the province to local CMSMs and DSSABs to deliver child care in our communities.

$90 million in 2012-13: includes one-time mitigation funding for 18 communities

2013 Child Care funding

$68 million in 2013-14: additional funding - on top of previous funding - many municipalities report more money that expected

2014 Child Care funding

$84 million in 2014-15: additional funding - on top of previous two years.


Our job is to make sure:

  • Every child care dollar stays in child care
  • No child care centre receives any less in operating grants
  • That parent fees do not go up any more and salaries do not go down
  • And finally that there is always full public consultation before any changes are made


Additional Resources:

Fact sheet on working with your CMSM / DSSAB (including Questions to ask your CMSM / DSSAB / City or Regional Council committee that oversees child care funding).

It will be difficult for the OCBCC to track all 47 of Ontario’s CMSM’s and DSSAB’s - So please keep in touch with any new developments – send an email to [email protected] or call us anytime on our toll-free line at 1-800-594-7514.

Parent Survey on child care options in Ontario

At the OCBCC , we are laying the groundwork for a new campaign in support of affordable child care. The future of child care relies on a movement of parents who speak out about the importance of child care to politicians at all levels.

The first step of our campaign is to build a movement of parents who will take action, speak out and organize in their communities. To do this, we are conducting a parent survey as an outreach tool.

Take copies of our flyer and encourage all supervisors to post it in their centre.

Encourage everyone to promote the survey and share it on social media: www.childcareontario.org/survey


For more information:
Ministry of Education Child Care Memos are available at:
Funding Formula Memos: 2012-ELCC 15
Memo to Municipal Service Managers (10 pages)
Both as attachments to ELCC 15:Child Care Funding Technical Paper (31 pages)
Ontario Child Care Service Management Funding Guideline (84 pages)