Last updated: May 26, 2020 at 8:40 a.m.
The City of Toronto is authorized by the Province of Ontario to provide emergency child care for children of essential and critical service workers.
The service is provided at no costs to families, funded by the Province of Ontario, for children from birth to age 12. Services will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Centres are located across Toronto in existing City-run licensed child care facilities and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers.
The City of Toronto’s emergency child care spaces are available to workers identified in the Province of Ontario’s list of workers eligible for emergency childcare. You must be required to report to an official work location to deliver the service, without the ability to work from home. City staff required to report to an official work location to deliver core essential services are also eligible. This includes:
This list of eligible workers may change as the emergency evolves and will be updated as required.
The City reserves the right to ask for verification as proof of eligibility.
Child care is available to Toronto residents, and those that live outside Toronto but work in the city as an eligible worker as defined by the Province of Ontario.
Due to limited spaces, the City will commit to child care spaces for eligible families on a first come, first served basis.
If the level of demand exceeds the City’s ability to provide care, the City will prioritize child care space for front-line health care workers (including Toronto Public Health and Long-Term Care) and first responders.
Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential service workers who have no other alternatives. Please complete the online application to apply for emergency child care. After you apply, you will be contacted by Toronto Children’s Services staff if space is available.
Space is limited. Eligible applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
The following centres are available for emergency child care:
Malvern Early Learning and Child Care, 1321 Neilson Rd. (Sewells/Neilson)
Danforth Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 1125 Danforth Ave. (Danforth Ave./Greenwood Ave.)
Blake Street Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 84 Blake St. (Jones / Danforth)
Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care, 7 Berryman St. (Davenport/Bay)
City Kids Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 34 Bathurst St. (Bathurst/Front St. W.)
Metro Hall Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 55 John St. (Wellington/John)
Thomas Berry Early Learning and Child Care, 3495 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (Lake Shore Blvd W./Thirtieth St.)
Falstaff Early Learning and Child Care, 10 Falstaff Ave. (Jane/Wilson)
Because physical distancing is difficult when caring for young children, additional measures will be taken, in consultation with Toronto Public Health and Occupational Health and Safety, to maintain a healthy and safe environment. Precautions include:
The centres will be in existing City-run child care facilities and operated and staffed by City of Toronto licensed child care workers. If required, the City will work closely with our provincial and community partners to determine how this service may be expanded to include other licensed child care centres.