Expanding Eligibility for Emergency Child Care during Extended Remote Learning Period

Published on January 25, 2021

The emergency child care is being extended to more workers and their families during the period that elementary schools are only offering virtual learning.

We recognize the difficulties this pandemic has imposed on all working families, which is why we are supporting them with direct financial support for parents, as well as with other measures, while kids learn from home. 

This temporary emergency childcare program will support those parents who cannot work from home. New additions to the list of those eligible for Emergency Child Care include the following:

  • Individuals working in fuel distribution and oil refineries;
  • Education staff who are required to report to work in person while their children continue with remote learning;
  • Grocery store and pharmacy workers;
  • Truck drivers;
  • Farmers and those who support food or agricultural product supply chains;
  • Individuals involved in the collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste; and
  • Individuals working in the manufacturing and distribution of disinfectants and sanitizers.

This government has mandated that parent fees cannot be charged to families with school-age children who do not have access to their before and after school spaces during the period when remote learning is in place.

Under Premier Ford’s leadership, we are taking proactive and preventative action to protect schools so we can open schools safely as soon as possible. 

Constituents are able to contact their municipality or municipal service system manager to confirm if they are eligible for emergency child care.

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