Emergency Child Care for Eligible Workers

The County of Dufferin is working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to support health care and other frontline workers in Dufferin County by providing access to licensed child care at no cost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The County of Dufferin is working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to support health care and other frontline workers in Dufferin County by providing access to licensed child care at no cost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of workers eligible for emergency child care is issued by the Ministry of Education (see link below).

At this time, the County Children’s Services Division will only be offering emergency child care in the designated emergency County approved licensed child care centres.

All current child care policies and requirements set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, will apply to licensed child care settings providing emergency child care services. The County is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to develop policies and procedures that will be required in the operation of approved emergency licensed child care settings to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Emergency Child Care is currently only available to families that have no other alternatives, whereby the occupations of a parent/guardian are listed on the Government of Ontario’s Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care.

Eligible parents and guardians who need child care AND live and/or work in Dufferin County are welcome to complete the application form for children 12 years of age and under.

Questions can be emailed to emergencychildcare@dufferincounty.ca.

You can reach the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health COVID-19 Call Centre for parents and family inquiries 1-800-265-7293 or 519-822-2715, Ext. 7006.

Emergency Child Care Application

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