The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board continues to work with community partners, Child Care Algoma and the YMCA to provide provincially approved, licensed emergency child care services in Sault Ste. Marie. This service is available to provide care for children of health care providers and other essential service workers.
On April 29, 2020, the Province of Ontario further amended the emergency order that defines eligible workers for emergency child care services by expanding the list to immediately include the following individuals:
- Individuals working in grocery stores and pharmacies;
- Truck drivers (class A and D);
- Individuals who are supporting food processing and/or the food supply chain;
- Those who provide intervenor and/or interpreting services for people who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind, as well as people who have a combined loss of both hearing and vision;
- Individuals who work in retirement homes;
- Auxiliary workers in health care settings including cooks and cleaning staff in hospitals and long-term care homes;
- Provincial Offences officers, Provincial Court staff;
- Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) emergency personnel;
- Members of the Canadian Armed Forces or the Department of National Defence who are working in Ontario and whose child care is provided by a Military Family Resource Centre; and
- Additional select community safety and correctional services personnel, including animal welfare inspectors.
For a complete list of eligible workers, please go to: https://www.ontario.ca/page/child-care-health-care-and-frontline-staff. Emergency child care services are reserved exclusively for children of essential and critical service workers, who have no other alternatives for child care and while all parents/guardians are working outside the home. Priority will be determined by Social Services based on eligibility and available spaces.
Licensed emergency child care is funded at no cost to approved families. Essential service workers are to complete and submit the online application available at www.socialservices-ssmd.ca and will be contacted by Social Services staff to receive more information.
The DSSMSSAB continues to work with the Province, community partners and our local Medical Officer of Health to expand the availability of emergency child care in order to support the children of our community’s essential workers, in safe and healthy environments.