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Financial Support

Financial circustances shouldn't stand in the way of recieving quality care for your child. As a charity, the YMCA of Okanagan has always provided financial assistance to those in need. In addition, with new government supports in place, child care is becoming more affordable.

Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative

The YMCA of Okanagan is proud to participate in the Child Care fee reduction initiative. This government initiative lowers the cost of child care for parents each month. Parents do not need to apply; the reduction is offered to them by default.

As an approved operator opting in to the program, the YMCA of Okanagan recieves funding from the Government of B.C. that enables us to reduce parent fees. The fee tables on our program pages will show both the base monthly fee and the reduced fee. The reduced fee is charged to all parents enrolled in YMCA Child Care.

Note: Application for the new Queen's Park YMCA Child Care centre in Penticton is currently underway.

Affordable Child Care Benefit

On September 1, 2018, the Affordable Child Care Benefit replaced the Child Care Subsidy.

As a parent, you may apply to the Ministry of Children and Family Development (Child Care Subsidy Centre) to see if you are eligible for assistance with your child care fees. The benefit is determined through an application process and depends on your financial circumstances. As an enrolling parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that you apply for this benefit as the YMCA cannot apply for this subsidy on your behalf. Full payment of the child care fee will be required until we are notified by the ministry of your approval and you must pay any outstanding balance not covered by the benefit to the YMCA.

For further assistance, Child Care Connections, located at #4-1890 Ambrosi Rd, can assist you with your application. Please call 250-762-3536 between the hours of 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information regarding the Affordable Child Care Benefit, visit the Government of B.C. website or call the Child Care Subsidy Service Centre toll free: 1 888 338-6622

YMCA Financial Assistance

The YMCA believes no family should be turned away from quality child care because of an inability to pay. Donations from individuals, community groups and businesses make it possible for the Y to provide assistance to families who could not otherwise afford quality child care. We evaluate each person’s application and financial information on a confidential, individual basis. The Financial Assistance Program is designed so each family contributes as much as they can afford towards the child care program. We will determine a fee based on your circumstances, the level of financial demand from families and the funds available.

How to apply
  1. Fill out the Assisted Child Care Application Form (PDF)
  2. Gather the necassary documentation for each person over the age of 16 living in the household:
    1. Prior year's Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada or Income Tax Return
    2. Most recent three months of bank statements
  3. Send in your completed application form to or drop it off at the Pandosy YMCA, 201-2949 Pandosy St.

Note: The YMCA of Okanagan requires that families apply for the Affordable Child Care Benefit first as part of the application for YMCA Financial Assistance.