Dufferin Temporary Emergency Child Care for School Aged Children

Apr 8th, 2021
By mdunne

For Immediate Release:  April 8, 2021


On April 6, Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, issued a Section 22 Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Order directs all schools within Upper Grand District School Board, Wellington Catholic District School Board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir located within Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph to cease in-person learning effective Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Schools would be eligible to return to in-person learning no sooner than Monday, April 19, 2021.


Child Care will remain open for the duration of the time-limited public health actions to Infant, Toddler and Preschool age groups. However, from April 7th to 16th, 2021, licensed child care centres are prohibited from serving school aged children.


The Provincial Government, effective today Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. issued a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.


To support parents of school aged children who are essential workers and who are not subject to the Stay-at-Home order, the County of Dufferin is pleased to announce a targeted Dufferin Temporary Emergency Child Care Program for School Age Children.  The cost of this temporary child care program will be funded by the County of Dufferin. There will be no cost to families.


For more information, eligibility details, and to apply for this service, please visit: