Student action works! In a recent meeting with the City of Ottawa, your GSA worked to have some of the exclusionary policies that had been put in place, changed. This means that your file should be reviewed again.

If you have recently been rejected from qualifying for a child care fee subsidy by the City of Ottawa, or you currently have a subsidized child care spot and have been told it will be removed, please contact your child care subsidy officer.

Because the program is overwhelmed with clients and underfunded, the City of Ottawa will now be prioritizing people based on need. However, if you are a low-income graduate student, you are still eligible to be considered, but you may not receive the subsidy if it is deemed that others have a greater need than you and your family.

If you are interested in the outcomes of this meeting and more details about the new policy, please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Vice President External, Anna Goldfinch at