City of Hamilton offering free emergency child care for designated essential workers


Published April 16, 2021 at 2:33 pm


The City of Hamilton in conjunction with the Ministry of Education will be providing free emergency child care for the school-aged children of designated essential front line and health care workers effective April 19.

“During this period, emergency child care is available for designated essential workers as defined by the Provincial eligibility requirements, who are not able to accommodate their school-aged child’s learning or care at home,” said the City in an official release.

Eligible workers include those working in health care, police, fire, paramedics, Public Health, long-term care, HSR employees, those working with vulnerable populations, those maintaining food, hydro and water systems, correctional officers, and more.

The full list can be found online:

Licensed child care programs, including licensed home child care and licensed child care programs located in schools for children under 3-years-and-eight-months, will continue during the school closure.

“Targeted free emergency child care for designated essential workers is a critical component in our joint response to the pandemic,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “Our wonderful people on the front lines need this support in order to continue the valued work they are doing that benefits all of us. We appreciate the resources being provided by the Ontario government and its partnership with us to make this happen.”

Emergency child care is being provided by the three licensed home child care agencies in Hamilton.

For more information, contact one of the following agencies:

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