On Monday, January 3, the Premier of Ontario announced that all publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17. School buildings will be permitted to open for child care operations, including emergency child care. Child care will remain open for the duration of these time-limited public health actions. This includes child care offered in licensed child care centres and in home-based settings. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible.
To support the parents of school-aged children who may not be able to support their child’s learning at home, the Ministry of Education will be implementing a targeted emergency child care program for school-aged children, at no cost to eligible parents, from January 5-17, 2022.
Operators of before and after school programs that are required to close from January 5-17, 2022 are prohibited from charging fees or otherwise penalizing parents during this time period (e.g., parents must not lose their respective child care spaces).
Planning for Emergency Child Care is underway. Please check our Emergency Childcare page for further information regarding locations of emergency child care, the list of eligible workers, and the application process.