New CARE tax credit could benefit parents come tax time

CORNWALL — Ontario parents and caregivers should save their receipts from day camp and summer camp for the opportunity to save come tax time. Thanks to the new Ontario Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit, parents could receive up to 75 per cent of their eligible child care expenses for a wide range of options, including care in centres, homes and camps.

Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children’s and Women’s Issues, and MPP for Simcoe North, were at the YMCA of Simcoe to encourage parents to apply for the new CARE tax credit. Thanks to the flexibility built into the tax credit, CARE will increase access to child care options for parents while respecting their choices in deciding what’s best for their kids.

“This tax credit will help parents with costs and allow them to choose from a broad range of child care options, such as services provided by people in their own homes to those available through schools or places of worship. It will keep parents at the centre of the child care decision-making process,” said Minister Phillips.

Starting in the 2021 tax-year, the credit would also be available for eligible families through regular advance payments during the year, helping parents better manage child care expenses as they are incurred.

The CARE tax credit will be on top of the existing Child Care Expense Deduction (CCED) and focuses support to low- and moderate-income families. Under this tax credit, families will receive an average of $1,250 per child. That average will be higher for families with a dependant dealing with a severe disability, with no age restrictions.

“We know that child care is expensive for middle-class families, which is why we are delivering relief for parents in our province,” said Minister Lecce. “Our Government is committed to increasing access to child care and giving parents more financial support and more choice – to put them, and not government – at the centre of the child care decision-making process.”

Ontario government is also working with its school board partners to support the expansion of new school buildings and child care spaces.

“Increased access provides more child care support choices for parents and much needed financial assistance to working parents. This also could help parents have more opportunities to work outside the home.” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.

“Currently, families in my riding of Simcoe North who are in need of child care may have few affordable options beyond subsidized day care centres, which may have a long wait list,” said Minister Dunlop. “Our government recognizes that need and I’m glad they have this tax credit to provide relief on eligible child care expenses.”

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