Rates & Payments

MCFD and Child Care Subsidy (CCS) are pleased to offer the ability to complete claim forms online. The Dymanic Fill and Print versions are now available on the Forms page.

Supplier Numbers

All care providers receiving payments for Child Care Subsidy will require a ‘supplier number’ to claim for CCS payments. BC Government supplier numbers are created for all Child Care Subsidy care providers. It is important to enter this number on each Child Care Subsidy claim form you submit. This number is unique and specific only to you. The supplier number does not change when you claim for different children. Payments may be delayed if your supplier number is not entered on each claim form.

Direct Deposit

The option of direct deposit (electronic funds transfer) for Child Care Subsidy payments is also being offered and recommended. This means instead of being paid by cheque, your payments will be directly deposited to your bank account. This will eliminate postal delays and the possibility of a lost or stolen cheque. Please contact the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre if you would like an application for Direct Deposit.

Rates

For maximum subsidy rates as of September 1st, 2011 please see the Child Care Subsidy Rate Table.

Rates for care surrounding a school day apply to all school-aged children.

Payments

Monthly subsidy payments vary depending on your family’s circumstances. The exact amount of your subsidy depends on your family income, family size, the age of your children and the type of child care you choose.

  • When child care is provided in either a licensed, registered licence-not required or licence-not-required setting, the child care provider submits a claim form to the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre each month for services provided and receives the payment.
  • When child care is provided in the child’s own home, the parent submits a claim form to the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre each month for services provided and receives the payment. The parent is responsible for paying the child care provider. The parent may be considered by a number of regulatory agencies (Canada Revenue Agency, WorkSafeBC, etc.) to be an employer.

If more than one full day of care is provided in a month for a school-aged child due to school closure or child’s illness, an adjustment must be requested. This may be done as follows:

  • The parent may call the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre no earlier than the 25th of the month in question and verbally request the additional subsidy.
  • The care provider or parent may submit the appropriate form, indicating the number of days and reason, no earlier than the 25th of the month in question. Care providers cannot make a verbal request.

Please note: Additional coverage for winter and spring vacation as well as full days due to gradual entry in September for children in kindergarten, can be requested by the parent in advance.

Please note: Child care service arrangements and agreements are between the parent and the child care provider. The ministry will not incur financial or other liability for any contractual disagreement between the parent and the child care provider. The ministry will only pay child care subsidy after eligibility has been determined.