Child Care Benefit Application reminder: submission deadline is Thursday March 18, 2021

A reminder that the 2020 Child Care Benefit Application is now available online through Employee Self-Service (ESS) for eligible faculty, librarians, and staff.

The Child Care Benefit Plan reimburses eligible child care expenses incurred between January 1 – December 31 of each year for each eligible child (natural, step, common-law, adopted or ward) under age 7.  For example, if your child has a birthdate of July 18, 2013, you are eligible for the months January – July 2020, inclusive since your child turned 7 in July 2020.

Note that reimbursement for the child care benefit will be made only for child care expenses (as defined in the Income Tax Act) incurred by the Member.  If, for example, an employee initially paid licensed child care centre fees for the months of January to June (six months) and was subsequently refunded the fees paid for April to June (three months) due to the emergency order when licensed child care centres were closed, the employee only incurred expenses for the period January to March.  In this example, the employee would enter fees incurred for the months January to March as eligible for reimbursement.

If you are eligible for the Child Care Benefit Plan, but cannot access ESS or are an external or no longer an active employee/Post Doc at the University and require accommodation through an alternate application format, please email for assistance.

Application Deadline

The deadline to submit an application is Thursday March 18, 2021.  No applications will be received after this date.

For detailed application instructions, including what information you need to gather before you start the process, please see the “Child Care Benefit: Online Application Instructions” article on the HR Service Centre.