Emergency child care services are now available to eligible families who qualify as essential workers
On January 3, the Province of Ontario announced a province-wide closure of in-person schools and school-aged child care requiring all elementary and secondary school students to transition to online/remote learning starting January 5 to at least January 17.
Under the provincial orders, licensed child care centres are not permitted to offer care to school aged children. Licensed home child care providers are permitted to offer care to school aged children. Licensed child care programs will continue for younger children, which includes infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who do not attend school.
Beginning January 10, emergency child care services are available at no cost to eligible families who qualify as essential workers and who are not able to accommodate their school-aged child's care at home. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible.
Eligible families may apply directly to the emergency child care provider of their choice. 40 child care centres and 7 licensed home child care agencies are approved to provide emergency child care. For more information on emergency child care, visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/covid-19-emergency-child-care-for-essential-workers/
Numerous services including fire, police, paramedic and court services are on the province's list of eligible workers posted to the ECC website.