City of Greater Sudbury to Open Emergency Child-Care Centres
Three licensed emergency child-care centres will open in the City of Greater Sudbury to support health care and frontline workers as they continue to provide important services to the community.
These emergency child-care centres are a result of funding and direction by the Province of Ontario, and will be located in existing licensed child-care facilities, including two in Lively and one in downtown Sudbury.
“We’re doing our best, at every level of government, to ensure those who are protecting us, and those who are keeping us safe are receiving some help in return,” says Mayor Brian Bigger. “If this can be a source of financial or even mental relief for those working hard during this outbreak, it is the least we can provide.”
This no-cost emergency child-care service is reserved exclusively for children of essential and critical service workers, as identified by the Province of Ontario, who do not have the ability to work from home and have no other alternatives. The list can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r20078?search=child
As a limited number of spots are available at this time, priority will be given to those in the frontline health-care field to ensure the critical medical needs of the community can be met during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency child care is available at no cost for children age 12 months to 12 years. Services will operate Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The City continues to work with existing providers in the community to open additional facilities to support essential and critical service workers who may need access to child care.
For more information on emergency child care including eligibility, application and screening process, visit greatersudbury.ca/emergency-child-care.