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Child Care Rates

The cost of paying for child care is a major consideration for most families. Many families today are spending a large part of their income toward high-quality child care programs.

There are many reasons why child care can be so expensive. Some of the reasons include high ratios of adults to children, provider qualifications, location of care, and costs of space, insurance, equipment, and special programs. Quality care for infants and toddlers can be especially expensive, due to small group sizes.

Hiring an in-home caregiver tends to be the most expensive form of care, followed by centers and family child care homes.

For more information regarding "typical" child care rates for your area, please contact us at 250.762.3536 or email us at [email protected]  or click here for our most recent rate survey. 

Assistance Paying for Child Care – BC Child Care Subsidy

If you need help with child care costs, you can apply for the Child Care Subsidy available through the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The Child Care Subsidy application and renewal forms are now available online.  You can also pick up a child care subsidy application form at the Kelowna Child Care Society Child Care Resource & Referral office at #4 - 1890 Ambrosi Road.   

LINK HERE for a Child Care Subsidy Application

If you have any questions please feel free to phone 250-762-3536

You do not have to be receiving income assistance to be eligible, however, you will need to qualify for the subsidy. 
To speak directly to the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre in Victoria call:  1-888-338-6622

BC Early Universal Child Care Benefit - Click Here

In 2015, the BC government is introducing the new BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit to improve the affordability of child care and assist families with the cost of raising young children. The BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, which is part of the Province’s Early Years Strategy, is a tax-free monthly payment of up to a maximum of $55 per month – or $660 dollars per year – for each child under the age of six.To receive the new benefit in 2015, parents need to file their annual income tax returns, starting with the 2013 tax year, and apply for the Canada Child Tax Benefit.

Universal Child Care Benefit


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