Starting in the 2019 tax year, Ontario families will be eligible for a new refundable tax credit based on their annual household income. This credit, referred to as CARE (child care access and relief from expenses), will be applied on a sliding scale to family households making up to $150K in combined taxable income. Households bringing in $20,000 or less per year will qualify for 75% of eligible expenses per child (the full amount available through the credit).
It is important to note that the credit does not apply to your total child care expenses, but rather to eligible expenses calculated using the formula already in place for child care expense deductions.
For example, a family that qualifies for the full 75% credit could receive between $3,700 (7 to 16 years old), and $6,000 (under 7 years old), per child in CARE credit amounts. This amount can also escalate up to $8,250 for a child with "severe disabilities," as defined by the government.