Type of Program:



The Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) small projects component of the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) aims to improve accessibility and safety in regulated and/or licensed ELCC centres. This program provides funding to regulated and/or licensed child care organizations for projects that expand access to registered and/or licensed ELCC facilities in Canadian communities by improving accessibility and safety for persons with disabilities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $70,000 for:

  1. 1
    new construction, renovation and/or retrofit activities that will increase accessibility and expand access to ELCC centres in Canadian communities; and/or
  2. 2
    accessible information and communication technologies.
    ESDC will fund 100% of eligible project costs up to $70,000.

The ELCC call for proposals (CFP) will provide up to $25,000,000 in funding over 2 years ($12,500,000 in fiscal year 2021 to 2022, and $12,500,000 in fiscal year 2022 to 2023).

When It Ends:





Applicants must be a regulated and/or licensed child care organization, including:

  • not-for-profit child care organizations;
  • child care organizations run by municipalities;
  • Indigenous child care organizations;
  • for-profit child care organizations (provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports program priorities and objectives); and
  • organizations that operate in public schools (primary and secondary) or on public school property. If this is the case, the ELCC will be required to demonstrate that the proposed project activity is exclusively for the use of the child care centre/program.

Application Steps:

Applicants must:


Gather your supporting documents and information;


Apply by email at or by mail.

Applicants will:


receive an automatic confirmation of receipt after they send their application by email. Please retain the email in case you encounter technical difficulties.


be notified of the outcome of the review of their application within 16 weeks from the end date of the submission period.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit a complete application package including:

  1. 1
    a completed Application for Funding (EMP 5684) (electronically or by hand). Print and sign the signature pages;
  2. 2
    an electronically completed calculator (EMP 5678) for all activities (flat rate and non-flat rate);
  3. 3
    a digital picture of the early learning and child care centre or facility to improve (except for ICT projects);
  4. 4
    for non-flat rate projects, applicants will need to provide 1 external cost estimate (quote) or a valid rationale explaining why a quote could not be obtained. Details on how applicants arrived at this estimated cost must be provided.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    One can apply between December 3, 2021 to January 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  2. 2
    Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will communicate decisions to applicants between January 2022 and March 2022.

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