Ontario Expands Emergency Child Care to Workers in the Construction and Transportation Sectors

On February 7, 2021, the Ontario Government announced that eligibility for emergency child care services will be expanded to include additional frontline workers in Toronto, York Region and Peel.

These additions include workers in the construction and transportation sectors:

  • In the construction sector: individuals who work for a business that undertakes construction activities or projects and related services, including land surveying and demolition services, that are permitted to be open under section 43 of Schedule 2 of O. Reg. 82/20 of the Reopening Ontario Act.
  • In the transportation sector: employees of a municipal transit agency, Metrolinx or the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, who support a function that cannot be done through remote work arrangements.

These additions build on the existing list of eligible workers, and will take effect on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

The emergency child care program provides frontline workers with child care options, at no cost, in regions where students continue to learn remotely. Access to the emergency child care services will end on Friday, February 12, 2021.

Mathews Dinsdale will continue to monitor the Government’s response to COVID-19, and will provide updates and analysis on any important developments.

If you have any questions about this topic, other COVID-19 related issues, or would like any other workplace law assistance, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer or refer to the Firm’s COVID-19 website resources.

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