How to apply for child care

3 Easy Steps


Explore this OCCCC site to learn more about our centres and the programs we offer.


Submit your application on the Child Care Registry and Waitlist site.

A child care centre will contact you directly as soon as a space becomes available.

Parents seeking care at any of our child care centres must register with the City of Ottawa`s Child Care Registry and Waitlist. This applies regardless of whether a parent wants a subsidized space or a full-fee space. This online tool enables parents to apply to up to 9 licensed child care centres (and 6 licensed home child care programs) with one application.

The Child Care Registry and Waitlist allows you to:

  • find licensed child care services in your community

  • apply for a fee subsidy if you require financial assistance with your child care

  • apply for child care spaces.

To sign up, you must have an active e-mail address. If you do not have an email address, call 3-1-1, select your language and choose option 4 “daycare”.