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Contribution According to Family Income


Since 2015, contributions payable by families using childcare services subsidized by the Québec Government have been calculated on the basis of their family income.

The contribution payable by a parent whose child attends a childcare centre, subsidized day care centre or subsidized home childcare service recognized by a coordinating office is composed of:

  • a basic contribution payable to the childcare service;
  • an additional contribution, depending on the family income, paid to Revenu Québec when the year’s income tax return is filed.

Annual indexation of fees

The Educational Childcare Act and the Reduced Contribution Regulation state that the basic contribution and the additional contribution are indexed on January 1 of each year.

However, the year 2019 is different. In the fall 2018 edition of the Update on Québec’s Economic and Financial Situation, the Government, as part of its undertaking to abolish the additional contribution for childcare, announced that the contribution for 2019 would be frozen at the level payable in 2018.

It then announced, in the 2019-2020 Budget, that the additional contribution for childcare will gradually be reduced, starting in 2019, and will be abolished altogether in 2022. All these changes are conditional on the necessary amendments to the legislation and regulations.

For 2019:

  • Families with an income of $78,320 or less will pay the basic contribution of $8.25 per day, per child (sole contribution).
  • Families with an income of more than $78,320 may pay an additional contribution, over and above the basic contribution.

For details of the amounts payable for the current year, please see the document entitled 2019 User Fees for Subsidized Childcare Services.

In all cases:

  • The additional contribution is reduced by half for the second child.
  • No additional contribution is payable for a third or subsequent child.

Educational Childcare Services Fund

All additional contributions are paid into the Educational Childcare Services Fund and used in their entirety by the Ministère de la Famille to pay for subsidized childcare services.

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Last modified date :
April 8, 2019