Record #: BRU0316
Last Modified: 01 May 2024
Last Full Update: 08 Apr 2024


Description (Service)

Plans, funds, and delivers services for the local child care and early years system, focusing on the integration of government initiatives, inter-agency coordination, and the development of new programs and services.

Services include:

Child Care Fee Subsidy
Coordinates and administers the delivery of fee subsidy and financial support to families in Bruce County who have children attending licensed child care, an approved Bruce County Home Child Care Provider, or an Authorized Recreation Program. Families may qualify to have the full or partial amount of their child care costs paid.

Click here to view information for child care fee subsidy or contact Cindy Tanner, Child Care Program Supervisor at

Special Needs Resource Program
Supports the inclusion of children with special needs in licensed child care programs, camps and authorized recreation programs at no additional cost to parents or guardians to maximize their learning opportunities by providing individualized programs, supports, and services.

Click here to view information for Resource Program or contact Tracey Shilvock, Resource Program Supervisor at

EarlyON Child and Family Centres
Provide services for children aged newborn to six and their parents, grandparents and other caregivers. The centres provide interactive early learning, literacy and school readiness activities that help give children a healthy start in life. EarlyON programs offer support and education to parents, and provide links and information about other early years services in the community.

Click here to view information for EarlyON or contact Kathy Johnston, Early Years Supervisor at

Home Child Care Program
Approved by the Ministry of Education and licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act, licensed home child care provides quality child care in a home setting. Home Child Care Providers and their homes are carefully screened and approved. Approved Home Child Care Providers are also supported by Bruce County Home Child Care Case Workers through training, seasonal newsletters and regular and unannounced visits.

Click here to view information for home child care or contact Cindy Tanner, Child Care Program Supervisor at

OneList Bruce County
Online tool for parents to find and apply for licensed child care. Using this tool, you can:

  • find licensed child care programs near home or work
  • apply to multiple child care programs in Bruce County
  • access your application anywhere, anytime

Click here to find, locate and apply to multiple licensed child care services in Bruce County. For assistance, call Support line 1-888-722-1540 or email

Human Services offices are also located at:

  • Interior Hub, 30 Park Street, Walkerton - 519-881-1291
  • Penetangeore Hub, 529 Gary Street, Kincardine - 519-396-2116
  • Lakeshore Hub, 1243 MacKenzie Road, Port Elgin - 519-389-5580
  • Peninsula Hub, 268 Berford Street, Wiarton - 519-534-1286

Service Details

Hours Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Bruce County
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Call for information on any programs
Languages English
Fees None

Address and Location

Located In Community Walkerton
Address & Map
Bruce County Administration Building; 30 Park St
Walkerton, ON
Canada N0G 2V0
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Intersection Park St and 1st St
Physical Access Fully Accessible

Contact Information

Office Phone 800-265-3022 ; 519-881-0431
Toll Free Phone 1-800-265-3005
Fax 519-881-4324
Primary Contact Tina Metcalfe, Director of Human Services; Phone: 1-800-265-3005; Email:
Mailing Address PO Box 399 
Walkerton, ON 
Canada N0G 2V0

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