Halton Region to open select spaces to ensure frontline staff can continue to work
Halton Region has partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Education and select childcare centres in Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville to provide eligible healthcare and frontline workers with emergency child care.
“These emergency child care centres across Halton will ensure health care and frontline staff have access to child care supports while they continue to protect the health and safety of our community,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “I am grateful for these dedicated workers who have been putting others first and working around-the-clock to help those impacted by COVID-19. There will never be enough words of thank them for all they are doing.”
Emergency child care services will be funded by the Province of Ontario and are available at no cost to eligible health care providers and essential workers who have no other child care alternatives. The centres will provide care for infants to children 12 years of age and some centres will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To apply, eligible workers are asked to complete the Online Child Care Subsidy Application form available at halton.ca. Those who are unable to complete the online application form can call 311 for support. Spaces are limited and will be filled in order of the applications received.
Public Health is working close with the Ministry of Education to open these child care centres as soon as possible and are taking additional measures to maintain a safe and healthy environment, including:
- daily screening of children and staff;
- regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces;
- reduced group sizes; and
- limiting the number of people in each child care centre.
For more details on emergency child care service eligibility and to submit an application, visit halton.ca.
For more information about COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention and when to contact Halton Region Public Health, please visit halton.ca/COVID19.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 580,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.