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Child care and COVID-19: Information on the situation in Canada

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News and information related to ECEC and COVID-19 in Canada
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
Publication Date: 
30 Jun 2020

Updated: 05/06/2020

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Overview and outline

The COVID19 pandemic has been a fact of life in Canada since mid-March 2020, profoundly impacting child care provision along with just about every aspect of life for Canadians. The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) has developed a comprehensive information source on child care and COVID-19 in Canada.  This ISSUE file includes the following menu items, most updated regularly and arranged by province/territory where appropriate:

This ISSUE file can serve as a central location for families, care providers, educators, service providers and the public to access relevant and pertinent information. As the information is changing very fast, we will be updating this page with relevant information as it becomes available; we’re trying for every other day.

Thanks to all who have provided information for this. Please get in touch with us if you have content to add or any questions -

New information related to COVID-19 and child care

CRRU calls for support for Canadian families and the child care sector

Please note: The plan below is now outdated. As child care sectors across Canda move into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, see Child Care Now's - Strategy for recovery: Making affordable child care for ALL a reality which includes a recommendation for a two-phase approach by the federal government in the aftermath of COVID-19.ath of COVID-19.

We at Childcare Resource and Research Unit, together with other child care researchers and organizations are calling on Canadian governments to collaborate to support families, children, the child care workforce, and child care service providers with the aim of:

  1. Closing all licensed child care for regular (non-essential parent-workers) use until social distancing is no longer necessary;
  2. Ensuring the availability of free age-appropriate child care services for children 0-12 years during the closure period for those parents required to work in essential services (grocery employees, postal workers, corrections facilities, emergency services, child care providers, nurses, doctors, etc.).  These services will make use of existing licensed child care to ensure the necessary infrastructure is available and incorporate all possible protocols and measures to ensure maximum health and safety of children, educators, parents and the community;
  3.  Continuing to pay all child care staff (educators, cooks, directors, supervisors, providers) as if they were still working;
  4. Ensuring parent fees are suspended during closures;
  5. Maintaining all government funding to service providers during closures and provide additional funding to compensate for the loss of income from parent fees and/or parent subsidies.

Note that this has been updated from a previous version following community input.


Provincial-Territorial-Re-opening guidelines for child care centres during COVID_Aug 5.pdf697.23 KB
School_Reopening_Plans_Canadian_PTs_Aug_5.pdf868.97 KB
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Entered Date: 
30 Jun 2020
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