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How much do you pay for child care in Montreal?

The question of how much it costs to place a child in daycare is asked frequently on forums and social media sites. The purpose of the child care cost survey below is to provide accurate and up-to-date child care cost to our visitors. Please fill out this quick survey. You will help parents who are in the process of budgeting for this sizable expense. The responses are anonymous and only aggregate data will be posted.

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2. Child's Age Group

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daycare comment

July 02, 2014

hey guys what about the 30 - 35$ a day care you will only end up paying likde 4$ - 7$ the most for daycare the gouvernment pays the rest putting your child in a private home daycare is even better because you pay 4-7$ the gouvernment pays the rest of the money and at the end of the year you will get back your money in a 7$ a day you get back nothing from quebec so why is it so bad to put your child in a private daycare
daycare comment

August 28, 2013

After over 2 years on the waiting list (i registered when i was 2 months pregnant, my daughter is now 19 month old) i finally got a spot in a 7$ a day daycare in Laval (north shore of Montreal). Until now we were paying 35$ per day in a private daycare. I feel like i won the lottery! Even more considering that i am pregnant with baby number 2 and was worried thinking we would have to pay 70$ per day for 2 kids... It was very frustrating to know that we were paying (at 35$ a day) 5 times what other parents were paying, paying the program for others through our taxes and getting an average to mediocre service. We visited many private daycare while looking for the right one. People are usually very nice but the staff changes weekly (they go work for 7$ a day daycare with better salaries and working conditions) and their ratio is about 1 educator for 5 babies (3 to 18 months).

I have a friend who immigrated to Canada 4 years ago and got 7$ daycare for both her children in Montreal. When you dont have money, your kid is disabled or when a CLSC gives you a recommansation letter you get a spot more easily. Also if you work for certain employers you are on a priority list (like a hospital for example). If its not your case (like us) you have to put your kid on the list before getting pregnant (but i'm not sure it helps since your file is not activated until your baby is born) and hope for the best. I also suggest that you apply in many neighbourhoods, as far as you are willing to travel.

In the meantime you might have to pay the extra money to send your kid to private daycare.


daycare comment

September 19, 2010

For the parents....what are your requirements for a good daycare?
What price do you find acceptable?
daycare comment

August 25, 2010

As a daycare who's charging 7$ daily does anyone know in how much time i will receive the refund from the government of the other 23 dollars?
daycare comment

November 20, 2009

I use to work in daycares and dayhomes when I was a student, my mom coordinated one. Now I have many friends and family members using dayhomes or daycares in Quebec. I completely understand everyone's frustration! Sometimes waiting lists can be as long as 2-3 years and sometimes they tell you not to even bother going on the list it is so long. The Quebec government put a limit on $7 spaces a few years ago, remember its tax payers money! Just beware of where you are sending your child, half of the places I have worked at I would not send my own child to. Find a reliable, trustworthy family member or friend to chip in if you are unsure.
Long wait lists are the same in most parts of Canada. Please be thankful you have a subsidized program and reasonable private fees in places outside of Quebec it is far different. I have now lived in Calgary, Alberta for 2 years, yes our government structure is different than Quebec, but many people's wages have not increased with the cost of living in Calgary since the boom. You only qualify for a subsidized space if you are living below the poverty line. Dayhome spots start as low as $500/month for questionable quality while accredited dayhomes/daycares can run anyone between $700-$1500/month. Many families with dual income and extra space opt for a live-in caregiver once they have had more than two children, which costs an average 9.62/hr for 44 hours a week with $336 deducted per month for room & board (legal requirements in Alberta). I had my child in a daycare paying close to $900/month and then after having two children I got a live-in nanny. Luckily I had a decent job at the time, but recently I lost my job and have been unemployed, I had to lay off my nanny as well (who will find another family through the agency). Now I am running an accredited dayhome until my children are in school. The cost of childcare has taken at least 1/3 of my salary if not more.
Another frustration that I had with childcare was my first child always being sick, which apprently children in childcare get sick on average once every three weeks! When you have no back-up care this can be quite difficult, luckily I only worked on-call at the time.
Bottom line, weigh your options, get on those waiting lists as soon as you are pregnant! Consider freelancing while on mat leave or briefly afterwards, because chances are you will not get into the childcare arrangment of your choice, always have a little money on the side (live below your means for a rainy day!). Check the providers references, that means call them and visit the centre a few times and at different times of the day.
Best of luck and be reassured that you are not alone right across the country!
daycare comment

October 05, 2009

Well.. i was on no lists, and to be honest the most daycares you will find in the montreal area.... is in cote-des-neiges and parc-extention... and 95% of them are 1 year waiting lists and pretty decent, the best way to get the lists, is go threw the CLCS nurse in ur area or a social worker.
im a single mom of 2year old boy and a full-time student! and honestly the biggest reason why there is a daycare shortage is because too many of these welfare moms are taking full-time spots, dropping their child off at daycare and sitting at home or working under the table , atleast get an education, since the gouvernment is willing to pay for it.... im sorry but even when i had a daycare spot and i was home i kept my child at home... its not the daycares job to raise a child i chose to have.
Anyways happy hunting.
Clsc have the bigger lists and they are the ones usualy notified if theres an available spot in a 7$ a day daycare
daycare comment

March 30, 2009

It is almost impossible to find a daycare that meets minimum criteria and that is subsidized...I will be returning to work soon and have only found private daycares that charge 30$ ++ which will be a huge monthly expense and does not make any sense, but there is no other choice...something needs to be done to subsidize more daycares and have more availabilities!!!
daycare comment

December 25, 2008

It is terrible to find a 7 dollar day care in Montreal. My son is now 3 and I am really stuck as I can not find a daycare to take care of him. I stayed home for 18 months and after that I had no choice to place him in a private daycare which I am paying 35 dollars a day. It is really hard to afford this as I am working basically to pay the daycare. I am in need to find a 7 dollar a daycare and willing to go the distance. Can anyone help in this matter.
daycare comment

August 16, 2008

We moved to Hong Kong over 5 years ago and are now returning to Montreal. In short, our key desire to return is for our 3 young children to become familiar with their extended family members and friends. However, we cannot place them anywhere and both my husband and I need/want to work. I cannot help but ask myself whether it is worth returning to Montreal - given that lack of suitable daycare centres and very expensive alternatives and given the mere fact that the service level in Hong Kong is simply unrivaled. This would never be an issue here...albeit money certainly does talk across Asia. Anyhow, as far as I am concerned, the daycare situation in MTL truly does not make sense - we simply need to place our children in a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment while we work and 'help' the economy. Why is that asking for the impossible?
daycare comment

July 11, 2008

you can't, period! The CPE 7$ a day is just a rumor!
daycare comment

June 23, 2008

My son is 1 years old and both myslef and my husband have returned to work. Like everyone else, we did not secure a spot in a daycare. I had my name on lists before I was pregnant! Actually, we had a daycare but it was cited for over capacity and we were thrown out the door like trash. My 80-year grandparents are watching my son these days. How ironic for the unfortunate middle-class that we have the very old taking care of the very young...
daycare comment

June 22, 2008

My baby is 9 months, he's on the waiting list since I was 4 months pregnant, and there's a 2 years waiting list...Does that make sense?. That means that I still have to wait another year to find a spot for him. I know that some mothers register for the waiting list when they think they will get pregnant, which doesn't make any sense either, but that's how things work....or don't.
daycare comment

May 05, 2008

There is a shortage of daycares. Your name could be on waiting lists from when you were pregnant and you still don't have a spot. When you do get a call for a spot, you start asking yourself what is wrong with the place. Sure enough it is expensive, you are paying top dollar for a place to "dump" your child. I have seen some dumps. You walk out of the daycares and your throat starts itching from the bacteria infested hole you are expected to leave your children in.
There is 1 caretaker for 8 children. I can barely make it through the day with 2 children how can we expect teachers to care for the children adequately when there are 8 of them????
Nancy(Vaudreuil-Dorion)-Just outside of Montreal!

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