Child care in Quebec
Subsidized child care
The Québec government has a system of daycare services designed to help parents balance work or school with their family responsibilities. Under this system, child care costs are offset by state subsidies, which are paid directly to recognized Centres de Petit Enfance (CPEs). To learn more, visit the Québec government's website.
Finding the right centre for your child
Finding a subsidized spot at a CPE can be difficult, and many daycares have waiting lists. The Coopérative Enfance Famille manages a centralized waiting list for member daycare centres in Montréal, Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, and can help you find available daycare spaces and keep track of your applications. Visit their website to find out more. To search the directory of childcare providers, click here.
Can't find a subsidized spot?
If you aren't able to find a subsidized spot for your child, you may still qualify for Québec's tax credit for childcare expenses. Under this program, parents may be reimbursed for 26% to 75% of the childcare expenses they paid, depending on family income. In certain cases, you may even be able to receive advance payments for this credit on a monthly basis. To learn more about eligibility criteria and how to claim the credit, visit the Revenu Québec website. If your child has already been accepted to a non-subsidized daycare, you can apply for advance payments of the tax credit by clicking here.
The SSMU Daycare Centre is a privately run, non-profit organization funded by the Students Society of McGill University and subsidized by the Québec Government. Located on the 2nd floor of the Brown Student Services Building, the SSMU Daycare offers full-time childcare to 32 children of the McGill community. First priority for Daycare spaces goes to children of undergraduate students at McGill. Children of graduate students and of staff and faculty at McGill may be offered space in the Daycare only once the needs of undergraduate students have been met.
For more information on the SSMU Daycare, or to place your child on the waiting list, call 514-398-8590, send an daycare [at] ssmu [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (email) , or visit the SSMU Daycare website.
McGill Childcare Centre
The McGill Childcare Centre, also known officially as the Centre de la Petite Enfance de McGill, is a non-profit, independently run centre which offers child care services to full-time McGill University students, faculty members and staff. It enrolls 106 full-time children ranging in age from four months to four years old. Registration for the fall term commences in the spring of the same year.
To contact the McGill Childcare Centre, or to place your children on the waiting list, call 514-398-6943, or visit the McGill Childcare Centre website to find out more.
Many public schools in Montreal have on-site daycares to provide childcare for your children before and/or after regular school hours. If not, they often help organize transportation to after-school programs at nearby daycare centres. To find out more about the services available, call your school or visit the EMSB, CSDM, CSMB, CSPI, or LBPSB websites.
McGill summer camps
McGill runs a variety of summer camps for kids on and around campus. Click here for more information.
There are also many affordable summer camps at your neighbourhood community centre. For instance, the Milton Park Recreation Association, located on 3555 Saint Urbain St., near McGill, provides a fun camp at an affordable rate. To find out more, e-mail info [at] miltonpark [dot] org or call at 514-872-0566.