Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC)


On March 28, 2022, the Province of Ontario entered into an agreement with the Government of Canada to deliver affordable, inclusive, and high-quality licensed child care for families in Ontario.

Funding under the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) Agreement will be used to build and leverage the success of Ontario’s existing early learning and child care system by increasing quality, accessibility, affordability and inclusivity in early learning and child care, towards achieving the objectives of:

  • Providing a 25% fee reduction for parents retroactive to April 1, 2022, building to a 50% reduction in average base fees (based on 2020 levels), and reaching an average parent fee of $10 a day by 2025-2026 for licensed child care spaces.
  • Creating 86,000 new high quality, affordable licensed child care spaces (relative to 2019 levels), predominantly through non-profit licensed child care.
  • Addressing barriers to provide inclusive child care.
  • Valuing the early childhood workforce and providing them with training and development opportunities.

Enrolment in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System

If you are interested in opening a licensed child care centre or licensed home child care agency, you can request enrolment in the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System.

The Province of Ontario has made regulatory amendments to O. Reg. 137/15 that now require new licensed programmes and/or new spaces for existing programmes to be consistent with the service system manager’s Directed Growth Plan to be permitted to enrol in CWELCC. Please carefully review the information on this page.

CWELCC Start-Up Grants

Funding for start-up grants is additionally available to support the creation of new licensed spaces approved for enrolment in CWELCC in alignment with the Directed Growth Plan for the Wellington Service Delivery Area. Child care operators, including child care centres and home child care agencies, must apply for start-up grants from the service system manager where the proposed new spaces are located.

The initial application window for CWELCC Start-Up Grants closed on August 31, 2023 and are currently under review. Applications for Start-Up Grants received after this date may be reviewed at the discretion of the County of Wellington.

Wellington's CWELCC Resources

The Guidelines for Preparing and Effective Business Plan and Operating Budget Worksheet are intended as supports in planning for the opening of your child care business.

Forms and Applications  

Other Resources

Requesting Enrolment in CWELCC

Requesting enrolment into the CWELCC System occurs through the Ministry of Education’s licensing process.

Please see information available at: Ministry of Education – Start a Child Care Program.

Who to Contact:

Children’s Early Years 

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