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April 16, 2021

County and Province Offer Targeted Emergency Childcare for School-aged Children

Pembroke:  On April 12, 2021, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, made the decision to move elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April break. This announcement also indicated that starting April 19, 2021 child care for non-school aged children will remain open, and that school aged before and after school programs will be closed. At this time free emergency child care for the school-aged children of eligible health care and frontline workers will be available at participating site locations.

The County of Renfrew is working with licensed child care providers in the County to ascertain emergency child care locations and the Renfrew County and District Health Unit to ensure the protection and safety of the children, parents and staff in the centres.

Chair of the County of Renfrew Community Services Committee James Brose said, “As the number of COVID cases has reached record numbers in the Province of Ontario, the need for Child Care for emergency workers is a top priority. Renfrew County is working closely with our licensed Child Care providers and the Province to ensure that accommodation is available for our essential service workers.” 

Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of eligible health care and frontline workers identified in the Province of Ontario’s List of Workers Eligible for Emergency Child Care who have no other alternatives.

Eligible health care and frontline workers who require emergency childcare can complete the online Child Care and Early Years Application to apply for emergency childcare. After an application is competed, eligible families will be contacted by a County of Renfrew Child Care and Early Years staff, when a space is available.

For more information on Emergency Child Care locations please see the Licensed Child Care Agencies List.


For Media Inquiries please call:

Andrea Patrick        Acting Director of Community Services, County of Renfrew    613 735-7288

Michael Barber       Media Relations/Grants Coordinator, County of Renfrew        613-735-7288

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