Caring for Children
The Family Care Office can provide you with information about child care options near the University, near your place of work and/or near where you live. To receive information for child care centres, in-home child care registries and caregiver registries, call: 416-978-0951 or email us. We advise parents to apply for as many daycare centres as they can, as soon as possible, as they typically have long wait lists.
Child care subsidies may be offered by municipalities to help with the cost of child care; consider applying as soon as possible as wait lists can also be long. If you live in the City of Toronto and would like to have an idea of whether you are financially eligible and how much they would cover, please use the fee calculator on the City of Toronto website. For more information on childcare subsidy, benefits, and tax credits, please refer to the tipsheet for your area: Toronto or Outside of Toronto (Peel, York, Durham & Halton).
In the City of Toronto, if you are applying for a child care subsidy, it is important that you file your Canadian income tax return as soon as you are able, in order to receive your Canada Revenue Agency, Notice of Assessment (NOA). Once you apply, you will be put on the wait list for a child care fee subsidy. When the child care subsidy office contacts you, they will request a copy of The Notice of Assessment to consider your eligibility for subsidy in the City of Toronto. The Toronto child care subsidy office main information contact number is 416-338-8888 (press option #2 for child care). Other municipalities generally will only offer child care subsidies to help Canadian citizens, landed immigrants or refugees with the cost of child care.
Please contact the Family Care Office if you have questions.
To help you consider various child care options we offer a workshop called Choosing Child Care That Works for Your Family. This practical session introduces participants to the various forms of child care and helps them to choose the option that will best meet the needs of their family. This is a free workshop for all members of the University of Toronto community. To find out when the next session is scheduled, please refer to our event listing. Finding Quality Child Care – Guide for Canadian Parents provides information for parents looking for quality child care that meets the needs of their families.
The Family Care Office can help you identify age appropriate resources and programs for children, including back-up options, schools, after-school programs, children’s programming over the summer holidays, March break, or at any other time of the year.
If you are looking for a babysitter, visit our online Babysitter Listing created to assist staff, faculty, and student parents in finding casual child care. The babysitters, who are University of Toronto students, have a wide array of training and experience with children and child care.
Childcare Spaces Available on Campus
Childcare Information Video
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