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Child care and COVID-19 in Canada

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Mar 30, 2020


As we grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that good information is available. We here at the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) have developed as comprehensive an information source as we can regarding COVID-19 and child care in Canada.  It includes:

  • A table on the status of child care in Canada in the COVID crisis – Provinces/territories
  • Community and expert responses
  • Information about emergency child care for essential workers
  • Relevant research and policy analysis
  • Health and safety guidelines/ protocols
  • Information from outside our borders, primarily the EU
  • News articles organized by P/T and outside Canada

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 resource 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 -

We at the 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 chart

The provincial/territorial chart highlights provincial actions and initiatives related to child care and COVID-19. We will continue to update this as more information becomes available.

COVID-19-Provincial-Territorial-Initiative-Chart-03-23-2020.pdf541.85 KB
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