Operating Grant Program

The Operating Grant Program (OGP) is a key component of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Early Learning and Child Care (Bilateral) Agreement, which in turn supports the Province’s 10-year child care strategy. The OGP helps to address the affordability of child care services for families with young children throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The OGP requires participating child care centres to lower their rates to current child care subsidy daily rates. The Provincial Government will, in turn, provide an operating grant to these centres. Parents of children at participating licensed child care centres will see their fees reduced to current daily subsidy rates of $44/day for infants, $33/day for toddlers, $30/day for preschoolers and school-agers in full day care, and $14/day for school-age children attending afterschool programs.

The OGP has a base rate (minimum per day/per space amount paid to participating centres) with a range up to the amounts noted in the table below (based on submission of required documentation and eligibility):

Age Range Operating Grant Child Care Rate Centre’s Total Revenue per space per day
Infants $14.00 -$19.50 $44.00 $58.00-$63.50
Toddlers $8.00 -$11.50 $33.00 $41.00-$44.50
Preschool $8.00 -$11.50 $30.00 $38.00-$41.50
5-12 years (after-school) $3.00 -$6.50 $14.00 $17.00-$20.50
5-12 years (before & after school) $3.00 -$6.50 $16.00 $19.00-$22.50
School Age (Full days) $8.00-$11.50 $30.00 $38.00-$41.50

The full, revised policy document will be posted in the coming weeks and includes a reduction in the required enrollment statistics for a centre to receive the full OGP payment (from 90% enrollment to 70% enrollment) based on what we heard during public consultations on the program. Funding from the Bilateral agreement supports many of these enhancements.

All inquiries may be directed to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development via email at OGP@gov.nl.ca or via telephone at 709-729-5960.


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