EMERGENCY CHILD CARE EXPANSION - Expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency child care during the COVID-19 outbreak

Published on April 29, 2020

The government announced it is further expanding the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency child care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Since emergency child care was introduced last month, almost 100 child care centres have re-opened along with 40 Licensed Home Child Care Agencies in communities across the province.

The list of open child care centres can be found by clicking here.

The additional frontline workers who can now access emergency childcare services include:

  • Workers in grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Truck drivers (Driver’s Licence Class A and D)
  • Working in the food supply chain, including food processing
  • Workers in retirement homes
  • Auxiliary workers in health care settings, including cooks and cleaning staff in hospitals and long-term care homes
  • Interpreters and intervenors who support people who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) emergency personnel
  • Provincial officers and onsite staff in Ontario courts
  • Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence staff working in Ontario
  • Additional workers supporting public safety and correctional services

 

For the Premier's Statement, click here.