Today the Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province's reopening framework.
The plan will require child care operators to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of child care staff and children.
As Ontario continues to implement its Framework for Reopening the Province, child care centres and home care providers across Ontario will be able to reopen with strict safety and operational requirements in place, similar to the safety guidelines required for emergency child care centres.
Centres will be required to adopt specific rules, including:
Effectively immediately, staff can re-enter child care facilities and begin preparation for reopening.
When these operators have met all the strict and stringent guidelines for reopening, they will be permitted to reopen.
The Ministry of Education has been working with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to develop these health and safety protocols.
They will enable the safe reopening of child care centres across the province and enhance safety through effective contact tracing.
This plan imposes strict requirements on operators, including mandatory training and reporting and support from the local medical officer of health before reopening.
Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with strict health and safety protocols in place, the government is now enabling summer day camp programs across the province to reopen this summer.
Strict health and safety guidelines were developed by the Ministry of Health in partnership with public health, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and municipalities, and distributed to local public health teams earlier this month.
At this time, overnight camps are not permitted to operate in the summer of 2020.