The daycare subsidy program, known in New Brunswick as the Daycare Assistance Program, is a provincial program that provides financial support to help families with high daycare costs. This support covers early learning and childcare centers for children up to 12 years old.
It’s a program that’s offered by the Department of Education as well as the early childhood development program. The Department of Social Development in New Brunswick is the authority that administers this program.
If you need help with daycare costs in New Brunswick, this is definitely a program you should consider applying for. Let’s take a look at the eligibility for the Daycare Assistance Program.
Daycare Assistance Program Eligibility
As a parent, foster parents, or Guardian you can be eligible for this program if you meet the following requirements:
- A preschool-aged child that’s registered in a licensed early learning or Child Care Center in New Brunswick
- You and your children are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- You and your children are New Brunswick residents
- As parents, you’re currently employed or participating in further education or training
- You have an annual net family income of $55,000 or under
This is all the eligibility requirements for the daycare assistance program in New Brunswick. If you meet these requirements and you need help with childcare costs or daycare, then it would be a good idea to apply for this program.
In order to apply for the daycare assistance program, you need to call your regional Social Development Office. They will be able to confirm your eligibility and begin directing you through the application process.
New Brunswick Reduces Childcare Costs by 50%
In April 2022 the provincial and federal governments announced that they are reducing child care costs in New Brunswick by 50%.
You can read more about the implementation of this cost reduction here.
This is a great plan and will bring the daily cost for child care to $10 per child. For many families that are struggling, this is exponentially more affordable than most other provinces.
Just another great reason to take your plans on moving to New Brunswick seriously.