Ontario childcare access and relief from expenses (CARE) credit

You might be able to claim the Ontario childcare access and relief from expenses credit (CARE) if you paid for childcare expenses. This is a refundable tax credit and is based on your family income and the child care expenses you’re claiming on your return.

You can claim this credit if:

  • You were a resident of Ontario on 31 December 2021
  • You claimed child care expenses for one or more eligible children on your return

Note: If you were bankrupt in 2021, you can’t claim this credit on your return. However, if you received an absolute discharge from bankruptcy before the end of the year, you can claim the tax credit on the post-bankruptcy return you file for 2021.