Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers

In collaboration with the Ontario government, the DNSSAB is partnering with licensed child care providers to deliver free emergency child care to essential frontline workers. 


Application Process

Emergency child care services is exclusive to families whereby all parents/guardians must report to an official work location to perform work duties without the ability to work from home, and who have no other alternative for childcare.  The safest option for your family is to have children remain at home if at all possible.

To confirm if you qualify, check your eligibility with the Ontario government. Please note, all parents/guardians living in the household must be required to report to a work site outside of the home to qualify.

Emergency child care placement is managed through a centralized application process for all sites.  The DNSSAB will review applications for eligibility and determine the most suitable placement to meet identified needs and then will contact families directly.  As the level of demand exceeds the capacity to provide emergency child care services, the DNSSAB has established a priority list for health care and essential workers.  The DNSSAB will continue to work with licensed child care providers to expand the delivery of free emergency child care based on demand.


Complete the application form only if you require child care services during this time.

Health & Safety Enhancements

It is important to note that there is currently evidence of COVID-19 community transmission within the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit district.  Both the staff and parents of the children who will be attending the emergency child care facility must acknowledge and be aware of the increased risk this poses.

Authorized centres and home child care sites are required to follow the guidelines set out in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Guidance: Emergency Child Care Centres.

Enhanced precautions include:

  • daily screening of children, parents/guardians and staff
  • increased disinfection
  • reduced group sizes
  • limiting access to child care centre to child care staff only

The Health Unit will provide consultative support on infection prevention and control issues as they currently do for child care facilities, but cannot assure the safety of the staff and children nor prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in this setting.

Related Information

Additional information related to emergency child care can be found on the Ontario Emergency Child Care website.