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 Child Care Subsidy 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, changes have been made to our application process:

  • For new applications to Child Care Fee Subsidy, please call the office 519-344-2060 ext. 2201 and applications will be completed over the phone;
  • For ongoing Fee Subsidy families, please contact your caseworker for assistance. We are strongly encouraging contact via phone or email. Please do not attend the office in person.

What is Child Care Subsidy?
Child Care Subsidy is a program offered by the County of Lambton that helps parents / foster parents / legal guardians with the cost of licensed child care of a child 0-12 years of age.

Who Can Apply for Child Care Subsidy?
Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, refugees with a valid work permit or school authorization are eligible to apply for Child Care Subsidy.

 Working parents: You can apply if you are working full time or part time.
 Self-employed parents: You are generally considered to be self-employed if you are actively conducting a full-time self-employed activity and you claim business expenses against your income.
 Student Parents: You must be attending school or a recognized training program on a full-time or part-time regular basis. This may include high school, English as a Second Language (ESL), college/university and training programs.
 Families with special needs: If you require child care due to the special needs of your child, or as a support in meeting your own special needs.

If you are participating in the Ontario Works Program and need child care, contact your Ontario Works Caseworker.

How much subsidy may my family be entitled to?

Use the Child Care Subsidy Calculator to estimate how much subsidy you might be entitled to.

How Do I Apply?
To apply for help with the cost of child care, please contact:

Social Planning & Children's Services Department
Lambton Shared Services Centre
150 N. Christina Street
Sarnia, ON  N7T 8H3
Telephone: 519-344-2062 ext. 2201
Toll-free: 1-800-387-2882
Fax: 519-344-2025

When will I receive Child Care Subsidy?
An in-person interview will be scheduled to confirm your eligibility and your child care fees. Both parents, if applicable, must attend the interview. You will be advised prior to the appointment of what documents must be provided. Once all documentation is received subsidy will be approved if eligible.

What if I need Child Care now?
You may need child care because you are working or attending school. If you decide to place your child in a child care program while you are waiting for subsidy, you will be responsible to pay for the full cost of child care.

How do I find a placement for my child?
Subsidy is available in a variety of child care settings. The parent will choose the type of care (s)he wants for the child, either in a licensed day care centre or with a licensed home child care agency. You are encouraged to visit several child care centres and licensed home child care agencies in your area to help you in determining your choices. The Best Start Website has information that may help you choose quality care for your children. To search for licensed child care and/or to apply for licensed child care programs, please visit .

Contact the Social Planning & Children's Services Department, or review the information brochure below.

 Subsidy Brochure