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Cost of a
childcare space

Calculate your net daily
childcare amount now

The calculator estimates the amounts of assistance to which you may be entitled on the basis of assumptions designed to reflect the most common situations. For the purposes of the calculator, all children are considered to be under 5 years of age and to attend childcare 260 days out of the year; household income is considered to be composed solely of work income.

In addition, the daily parental contribution is capped at $99, and taxpayer income is limited to $250 000.

Corresponds to the sum of lines 101, 105 and 107 of your 20152016 income tax return.

The maximum income accepted by the calculator is $250 000.

Corresponds to the sum of lines 101, 105 and 107 of your spouse's 20152016 income tax return.

The maximum income accepted by the calculator is $250 000.

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Refundable tax credit for childcare expenses

Canada child tax benefit 

Canada Child Benefit 

Child care expenses deduction 

Working income tax benefit 

GST credit 

Example for a couple with a 1-year-old child

Jennifer and Vincent have a 1-year-old daughter in reduced-contribution childcare. Their annual family income is $100 000. In 20152016, given the adjustment of childcare rates according to income, the cost of a childcare space is $11.4111.54 per day in their case. However, taking the Québec and federal tax systems into account, it will cost Jennifer and Vincent $9.099.26 per day to send their daughter to reduced-contribution childcare.

If they had decided to send their daughter to childcare at the regular rate of $35 per day, their net cost, taking the Québec and federal tax systems into account, would have been $9.009.61 per day, an amount comparable to the cost of a reduced-contribution childcare space.

Jennifer and Vincent may choose to claim the Québec refundable tax credit for childcare expenses and the federal child care expenses deduction on their income tax return or during the year, as the Québec tax credit can be paid in advance and the federal deduction can be claimed in the form of a reduction in source deductions.


Updated April 22, 2016