Universal Child Care Plan

There are two parts to the Universal Child Care Plan:

  • Direct financial support to parents through the Universal Child Care Benefit
  • Support through the creation of child care spaces

Universal Child Care Benefit

The Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) provides a monthly benefit to help all Canadian families with young children choose the child care option that best suits their needs, whether they work in the paid labour force or stay at home with their children.

Important notice

The Government increased and expanded the UCCB. The UCCB now provides up to $1,920 per year for each child under the age of 6 and up to $720 per year for each child aged 6 through 17.

The first enhanced payment was issued in July 2015 and included retroactive payments for the period of January 2015 to June 2015.

Find out more

For more information and to determine if you need to apply for the enhanced UCCB, visit the Canada Revenue Agency.

Child Care Spaces

To help Canadian families better balance child care and work responsibilities, the Government of Canada will continue supporting the creation of new child care spaces throughout the country.

New child care spaces are being created by transferring $250 million each year to provinces and territories, which are responsible for the delivery of child care programs and services. This funding will help provinces and territories meet the needs of families in their respective jurisdictions.

A 25-percent investment tax credit is available to businesses that create new child care spaces in the workplace, to a maximum of $10,000 per space created. This will allow employers to respond to their business needs and the needs of their employees.