City of Toronto to Open Child Care for Essential and Core Service Workers

In the midst of this pandemic, there are many workers across our city who do not have the option to self-isolate. They are on the frontlines, working 24/7 ensuring that we are prepared for any scenario. We owe our deepest thanks and ongoing support to all those on the frontlines working to ensure that our community is safe and healthy. As a City we are doing everything we can to support you.

In a very important development today, the Provincial Government approved our request to allow the City of Toronto to provide 24-hour childcare for children of essential and critical service workers.

With the Provincial authorization the City of Toronto will open four licensed child care centres specifically to provide care for children of essential service workers. We will scale up or down based on demand. 

To support these essential workers, licensed child care will be available for children from infants to age 12, and will operate 24/7 -- a first for Toronto. The service will be free, at no cost to eligible parents.

These four child care centres, in existing City-run child care facilities and operated and staffed by City of Toronto licensed child care workers, will provide up to 240 spaces spread across Toronto at any given time. The service can be scaled up or down as required by demand for the spaces.

Additional measures will be used, in consultation with Toronto Public Health and the City's Occupational Health and Safety program, to maintain a healthy and safe environment. Precautions will include daily screening of children and families prior to admission, increased cleaning, and reduced group sizes.

We are working flat out to open these spaces as quickly as possible this week, including a registration process for families. Essential and critical workers have been defined by the Province and a list of those services will be made available shortly.

If you or someone you know might benefit from accessing these new City-operated child care services, please check for updates in the coming days on the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 website.