CWELCC deadline for licensed child care operators is November 1
The Regional Municipality of York (York Region) is committed to making child care affordable for all families in York Region.
On June 22, York Region launched an online application for licensed child care operators in York Region to opt in or out of the Canada-Wide Early Learning Child Care (CWELCC) system.
Participation by licensed child care operators, including not-for-profit, for-profit and licensed home child care operators, in CWELCC is optional. Funding will support children six years old and under, and those who have turned six are eligible until June 30 of that calendar year, in licensed centre-based and home child care agencies. Licensed child care operators must complete the CWELCC online application by November 1, 2022 to declare their intent to opt in or out of the system.
York Region held virtual information sessions with operators in June 2022 about how to opt in or out of the program and benefits of participating for operators and families. In addition to the information sessions, York Region is holding ongoing meetings with small groups of operators throughout the summer to review guidelines and answer any questions.
The benefits of entering into a CWELCC purchase of service agreement with York Region include:
- Ability to provide affordable care to families of young children
- Access to workforce compensation to increase the low wages for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs)
- Providing access to high-quality, inclusive child care for children and their families in York Region
- Regular reliable payments to support child care operations
Once applications are received, the Region will confirm eligibility based on provincial guidelines, determine eligible expenses, enter into a new service agreement with each operator and provide funding to operators. This funding is to be used by operators to reduce fees for parents and increase wages for RECEs.
Once a child care operator has been approved to participate in the system, eligible families with children under the age of six will receive a 25% fee reduction on their child care to a minimum of $12 per day, retroactive to April 1, 2022. This will be followed by a second 25% reduction for a total fee reduction of 50% by the end of 2022.
More information about the CWELCC system, including the online application and a questions and answers guide for licensed child care operators, is available at york.ca/childcareoperators