Some Ottawa child care centers offering emergency child care still have space

Space is limited, but the City of Ottawa encourages families to check if they are eligible for services.

The City of Ottawa says some families, beyond frontline healthcare workers providing in-person care, may be eligible for emergency child care.

Starting Wednesday, January 12, all eligible families under Schedule 4 of the Reopening Ontario (Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 are given priority for immediate placement.

The Ontario government recently asked municipalities to provide a targeted, time-limited emergency child care program for school-aged children to support front-line workers by providing a place for their children. subsidized and licensed child care so they can continue to provide essential services.

As of Tuesday, January 11, 449 children of priority frontline health care workers received services, but some child care providers still have some availability.

Eligible families seeking emergency child care are encouraged to review the approved list of child care providers on the Apply for Child Care Services webpage on

To streamline service access, eligible families should contact approved service providers directly for immediate placement. Service providers will work with families to assess eligibility and assist with the placement process.

Residents can contact 311 or for more information.

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