Ontario Expanding Eligibility for Emergency Child Care During Extended Remote Learning Period

Published on January 25, 2021


The Ontario government will be further expanding eligibility for the targeted emergency child care program to additional workers who are performing critical roles in their communities. This expansion is intended to support workers and their families with child care options at no cost in regions where students continue to learn remotely. This benefit will take effect on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 and builds on the existing list of eligible workers.

New Additions to the List of Those Eligible for Emergency Child Care:

  • Individuals working in fuel distribution and oil refineries;
  • Education staff who are required to report to work in person while their children continue with remote learning;
  • Grocery store and pharmacy workers;
  • Truck drivers;
  • Farmers and those who support food or agricultural product supply chains;
  • Individuals involved in the collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste; and
  • Individuals working in the manufacturing and distribution of disinfectants and sanitizers.

Contact your municipality or municipal service system manager to see if you are eligible for emergency child care.