City of Toronto Adding Two More Child Care Centers for Essential Workers
As a City, we are doing everything we can to support the front-line workers who are providing essential and critical services, and keeping us healthy and safe. These are our local heroes.
In late March, we opened four emergency licensed child care centres in order to provide free, 24/7 child care to essential workers who are not able to stay home. In the past few weeks, nearly 200 children have been placed in care at the four centres across the city.
Now, in response to demand we are scaling up capacity and opening two more centres this week -- for a total of six locations.
The first new centre, located in our Spadina-Fort York community at 34 Bathurst Street, will open today. The second additional centre is located at 1125 Danforth Avenue, and will open later this week.
We will continue to use additional measures, in consultation with Toronto Public Health and the City's Occupational Health and Safety program, to maintain a healthy and safe environment in all child care centers, including daily screening of children and staff, increased disinfection, reduced group sizes, and limiting the number of people in each centre to 50.
Care is provided by City child care workers, and the Province is covering the cost to parents.
Eligibility criteria for emergency child care services are established by the Province of Ontario. For a detailed description of eligibility, please visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-social-support/covid-19-child-care-for-essential-workers/.
Anyone who wishes to access emergency child care services can complete the online application to apply. After an application is approved, registration will be confirmed if space is available. Space is limited, but we will continue to scale up service to respond to demand.