In Ottawa, the City of Ottawa’s website is an invaluable resource to help your family find the right child care as well as resources and helpful materials for parenting.


The site includes:

  • City of Ottawa Child Care Regisry
  • City of Ottawa Child Care Waitlist
  • How to apply for childcare
  • Child care subsidies

In addition, they also provide a Parent Guide to Licensed Child Care in Ottawa. Parents can find out about both license, unlicensed and school aged care with this resource.

Visit to:

  • Apply to the registry for licensed child care
  • Apply to the waitlist for a subsidy to help pay for your child care costs
  • Find the right child care for your family and learn about other helpful resources for parents
  • Find funding information and applications, read the child care provider use guide, and get information on starting/operating a licensed child care program



A look at the state of childcare in Ottawa (April 2016)