Financial Options for Parents of Preschoolers
Learn how to apply for the Affordable Child Care Benefit.
The BC government offers the Affordable Child Care Benefit to help parents afford certain types of child care. All City of Surrey licensed preschool is eligible.
Whether you qualify for the benefit depends on factors like income, family size, and type of care. Families with a combined income of up to $111,000 per year may qualify for funding. Families that earn more than $111,000 but have considerable deductions for family size or children who have special needs, can also apply. Families need to renew their application every year.
When to Apply?
Apply for funding before the end of the month in which you need child care. For example, if you would like to receive funding for child care starting September 1, you need to apply by September 30.
Make Sure Your Application is Complete
Application delays are commonly due to missing required forms, supporting documentation, or information. Before you apply, you’ll need:
To complete the Child Care Arrangement Form.
Have a digital image of one piece of ID for each family member, which may include: Birth certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Permanent Resident Card, Passport, Driver's licence, BC Services Card, Certificate of Indian Status.
The latest contact information for your spouse (if applicable) including email. Your spouse will need to provide consent to have their income confirmed directly with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Note: A reason for care is not required if your child is attending a licensed preschool.
How to Apply
Applying online using My Family Services is the fastest method and takes approximately ten (10) business days to process electronic applications.
By Mail or by Fax
When applying this way, you first need to download the application form and supporting documents.
This method can take three weeks, or longer if not all supporting documents are provided.
Whether or not you qualify for the Affordable Child Care benefit, you may choose a monthly payment plan. By selecting this option, your annual payment is broken into ten equal payments which are due on the first of each month.