Expansion of Emergency Child Care Program

Published on January 11, 2021

Emergency child care is intended to support school-aged children of essential workers during the period that elementary schools will offer virtual learning only.

Those eligible for this time-limited and targeted program include health care workers and other essential workers, including first responders, those who work in correctional facilities, and those ensuring vaccines can be administered.

Given the extension of the closure of schools in southern public health units, to support Ontario families during this time, we are expanding eligibility for the emergency child care program for a broader number of frontline health and safety workers. 

We recognize the difficulties this pandemic has imposed on all families, and we are committed to supporting them, with direct financial support for parents as well as with other measures, like hydro relief.  

The emphasis of this temporary, emergency childcare program is on those parents who cannot work from home, for example, nurses, PSW’s, or EMS workers, and are most impacted by school closures as a result.

The Government has mandated that parent fees cannot be charged during this closure period.

Below is the expanded list of eligible workers:

  • Front-line staff in Children’s Aid Societies and residential services
  • Individuals working in developmental services, violence against women services, and anti-human trafficking
  • Individuals working in victims’ services, and those engaged in interpreting or intervenor services for persons who are deaf or deaf-blind
  • Individuals working in a homeless shelter or providing services to homeless persons
  • Food safety inspectors and individuals working in the processing, manufacturing or distribution of food and beverages
  • Provincial court services personnel, including Indigenous court workers
  • OPS staff employed in Radiation Protection Services
  • RCMP and Canada Border Services
  • Canada Post
  • Pharma and medical device manufacturing and distribution
  • Power workers
  • Non-municipal water and wastewater workers
  • Education staff who are required to attend schools to provide in-person instruction and support to students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning
  • Employees of a hotel or motel that is acting as an isolation centre, health care centre, vaccine clinic or housing essential workers.

For the constituents of Newmarket and Aurora, please contact your local Service Provider- Regional Municipality of York for more information.

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We are taking proactive and preventative action to protect schools following the holiday break so we can open schools safely as soon as possible.