On April 17, 2020 the Ford Government announced an expansion of eligible workers able to access free emergency child care in Ontario.
Added to the list of workers were, “federally employed staff including Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency and Canada Post employees.” We thought this was a win for postal workers in Ontario.
What the Ford Government didn’t announce was a behind the scenes directive to municipal child care service managers to restrict access to two-parent families, unless both parents are on the list of “designated” workers. A little like giving with one hand and taking with the other.
If you are a sole-support parent, or if your partner is on the designated list you would be eligible to apply.
CUPW will be writing to Premier Doug Ford to raise concern with this directive and to request that it be removed.
If you are a two-parent family please see the list of “approved professions” to determine if you can apply for free emergency child care.
We regret any confusion and inconvenience arising from the misleading messages regarding child care that have arisen in Ontario. This provides even more evidence for accessible, quality, and affordable national childcare program for all families.