The Ontario government announced yesterday it will be adding grocery workers, food processing workers, food manufacturing workers, and truck drivers (CLASS A and D) to its list of essential workers available for free emergency childcare.
From the start of the pandemic, 1006A has been advocating to the provincial government about childcare for frontline workers (See our letter to Premier Doug Ford). Learn about how you can apply for emergency childcare below:
1) Which 1006A members are eligible?
According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the following groups of essential workers were recently deemed eligible for emergency childcare:
21.2 An individual who works in a grocery store.
21.3 An individual who works for a business that processes, manufactures or distributes food or beverages.
The Ministry also includes all the below:
• workers in grocery stores and pharmacies
• truck drivers (Driver's Licence Class A and D)
• workers in the food supply chain, including food processing
2) Where are the childcare centres for essential workers located?
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has prepared a list of childcare centres being utilized for essential workers and their families. Click here for more.
3) Where can I apply?
You can apply based on the municipality/region you live in.
For more details and the complete list of childcare centres available, please visit the Government of Ontario website here.