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Child care for essential workers includes TTC

3/30/20 7:33 AM

Notice from City of Toronto | TTC Human Resources

Note to Managers and Supervisors: Please share this message with staff who do not have access to a computer at work.

The City of Toronto has been authorized by the Province of Ontario to provide emergency child care for children of essential and critical service workers.

Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential and critical service workers who have no other alternatives. The safest option for families is to have children remain at home, if possible.

The service is at no cost to families, funded by the Province of Ontario, for children from birth to age 12. Services will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Centres are located across Toronto in existing City-run licensed child care facilities and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers.

City staff required to report to an official work location to deliver core essential services without the ability to work from home are eligible for this service. This includes staff in the following City divisions: 
> Toronto Fire, Paramedics and Police;
> Toronto Public Health;
> Long-Term Care;
> Shelter, Support and Housing Administration;
> Toronto Water: treatment, supply and distribution of safe drinking water; wastewater collection, pumping and treatment; storm water collection and management;
> Solid Waste: collection; transfer stations; haulage operations;
> TTC service delivery: bus, streetcar, subway and Wheel-Trans; infrastructure maintenance; Transit Control; and essential business functions to support continuity of operations; and
> Key staff required for the continuity of government as determined by the City’s Emergency Operations Centre.

Staff who wish to access emergency child care services must complete the online application a https://secure.toronto.ca/children/ecc/. After an application is approved, registration will be confirmed, if space is available. Space is limited and eligible applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

This list of eligible workers may change as the emergency evolves and will be updated as required.

For a detailed description of eligibility, please visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-social-support/covid-19-child-care-for-essential-workers/.

March 30, 2020

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