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Free emergency child care program set up for Wellington County, Guelph

The cost of the program is being funded by the County of Wellington and City of Guelph
On April 6, Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, issued a Section 22 Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The Order directs all public schools to cease in-person learning and for all licensed centre-based school age child care to cease operations (with the exception of providing emergency child care).

To support parents of school-aged children who are essential workers, the County of Wellington is pleased to announce a targeted Wellington-Guelph Emergency School Age Child Care Programme. The cost of this temporary child care program will be funded by the County of Wellington and City of Guelph. There will be no cost to families.

To register for Guelph-Wellington Emergency Child Care families must:

  • Reside or work in the County of Wellington or the City of Guelph
  • Be actively working in a job identified on the list of eligible workers
  • Need child care for at least two full days each week
  • Need child care immediately
  • Receive eligibility approval by the Children’s Early Years Division, County of Wellington

“We have implemented this program in consultation with the Ministry of Education and with the support of the County of Wellington and the City of Guelph,” said Luisa Artuso, Director of Children’s Early Years Division. “We understand that child care is essential to ensure workers are available to support essential services in our communities.”

For more information, eligibility, and to apply for this service, please visit: