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Halton Region Offers Emergency Childcare to Health Care and Frontline Workers During Province-wide Shutdown

Halton Region

*Please see below a media release issued by the Region of Halton.

The Regional Municipality of Halton
For Immediate Release
December 29, 2020

In response to the Ontario’s province-wide shutdown and elementary schools moving to virtual learning between January 4 and 8, Halton Region has partnered with the Ministry of Education and select operators in Halton to provide emergency child care. The spaces will be full day and available for eligible health care and frontline workers with children aged four to 12 who are registered for school in Halton.

“Our health care and frontline workers have made significant sacrifices in their personal lives to help others throughout the pandemic and we will do whatever it takes to make sure they are supported. Thank you to the Province, all of our partners and our Children’s Services team here at Halton Region who are making sure that health care and frontline workers have access to child care services throughout the shutdown.” — Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr

The targeted spaces will be funded by the Province and will be available at no cost to eligible health care and frontline workers who may not be able to support their child’s learning/care at home and who have no other child care alternatives during the planned closure of elementary schools during the week of January 4 to 8. Child care for infants up to four years of age and holiday child care programs will also remain open throughout the shutdown.

To apply for emergency child care, eligible workers are asked to contact the approved child care operators directly. Spaces are limited and will be filled in order of the applications received.

For more details on targeted emergency child care, eligibility criteria and to view the list of approved emergency child care operators in Halton, please visit our Child Care Services webpage on halton.ca or call 311.

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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Media Specialist: John Bkila
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