Emergency Order To Close Child Care Centres

As of March 17, 2020. Emergency Orders from the Province of Ontario forced all licensed child care centres to close. The only licensed centres currently allowed to be open are those designated by the Provincial government to serve health care and other essential service workers recognized by the Provincial government as being entitled to this service.

When Will Your Child Care Centre Re-Open?

Currently, there is no clear answer to this question, as the Provincial government has indicated that it will make this decision based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations of Provincial public health officials. Parents should be aware that the longer the COVID-19 closure lasts, the more likely it is that some licensed child care centres will not re-open.

Roughly a third of the licensed child care centres in Ontario are run as small businesses or standalone not-for-profits (such as centres run by churches and temples.) Many of these centres do not have the cash reserves to last more than about 30 days with no incoming revenue. Since most do not qualify for any of the federal relief programs and the Province of Ontario has not yet followed the lead of other provinces to stabilize this vulnerable industry, parents should expect that many of these centres will not survive COVID-19. ADCO offered its insight into this situation in the April 12 edition of the Toronto Sun.

What You Can Do To Help

ADCO's goal is to make sure that every licensed child care centre closed by the COVID-19 pandemic survives long enough to re-open. If you also feel this is important and that the Provincial government needs to take action on this issue, please send an email to Premier Doug Ford, Education Minister Stephen Lecce, and your local MPP.

The Premier's email

Education Minister Stephen Lecce's email

To find your MPP, you need to know your Provincial electoral district. If you don't know your provincial electoral district, you may look it up by postal code here. Once you know your provincial electoral district, you may look up your MPP's contact information here.


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