Ontario Prevents Closed Day Care Centers From Receiving Parents’ Payments

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The Ontario government has issued an emergency order prohibiting closed day care centers from collecting payment from parents.

The ordinance also guarantees that their child’s space in the closed center will be protected if the parents pay no fees.

All child care centers in the province have been closed except for those providing child care for front-line health workers and other essential workers.

“COVID-19 has put significant financial pressure on working parents,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce in a press release. “We need to support our parents who may face a drop in income or layoffs during the COVID-19 epidemic.”

Child care providers are told they can get help from the federal government through the Economic Recovery Plan.

A spokesperson said the emergency order is effective for payments made from April 9, which means that those who paid at the beginning of the month will not receive their money.

With files from The Canadian Press

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