COVID-19: IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Most Child Care Centres Are Open

Most of Ontario's licensed child care centres have reopened since the Provincial Emergency Orders were enacted in March of 2020. As part of this reopening, licensed child care centres have to adhere to updated health and safety protocols issued by the Ontario Ministry of Education. They must also adhere to any specific directives issued by their local Public Health Unit. To better understand all of the steps licensed child care centres have taken to ensure the safety of children, families and staff, you may wish to review the Province's Child Care Reopening document for yourself.

While licensed child care owner/operators and staff are doing everything they can to keep families safe, it's important to do your part as well. The Province of Ontario has prepared a screening tool for parents to use each day before sending children to licensed child care or school settings. Together, we can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.


What To Do If Your Centre Is Permanently Closed

Sadly, not all of Ontario's licensed child care centres were able to survive the COVID-19 Provincial Emergency Orders, which forced their extended closure beginning in March of 2020. By October, more than 130 licensed centres had closed permanently. While the Ministry of Education did make some "sustainability funding" available to help stabilize licensed child care centres, it opted to provide most of these funds to municipalities, rather than to the centres themselves. Some of Ontario's 47 upper tier municipalities did an excellent job of administering these much-needed rescue dollars, and did so promptly. Others still hadn't distributed these funds a year later, while centres in their jurisdictions are either facing severe financial challenges or have closed entirely. Much of the reason for this lies with the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), a highly flawed piece of legislation that creates conflicts of interest for municipal children's services departments, and artificially limits the supply of licensed child care in most Ontario communities. If your family has been negatively impacted by a centre closure since March of 2020, please let the Provincial government know you want them 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 is:premier@ontario.ca.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce's email is:stephen.lecce@pc.ola.org.

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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