Bruce County approves emergency childcare plan

Bruce County is moving forward with an emergency childcare plan for front line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Education approved the measure on April 21, and now the in-home emergency childcare plan will be tested in its initial phase for hospital staff with the South Grey Bruce Health Centre. The service will allow front line healthcare workers the ability to continue providing the best healthcare to residents and not worry about finding accommodations for their children.

Eligible workers who have no other childcare alternatives can apply through Bruce County’s One-List child care application system. Submitting a request does not guarantee emergency child care, this will be determined by the availability of providers. To apply, visit brucecounty.on.ca/covid19 under Children’s Services.

“We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Bruce County Children’s Services and the Grey Bruce Health Unit to secure this support for our health care workers,” said Michael Barrett, South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO. “Having a trusted resource available for our staff that do not have family or friends close by to help out with childcare, will be one less worry for them during this challenging time.”

“I congratulate Bruce County and the South Grey Bruce Health Centre in supporting this collaborative effort to develop an innovative solution in an emergency situation,” said Dr. Ian Arra, Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health. “Together, we have come up with a local response to a locally-identified issue that puts safety at the forefront. Other jurisdictions may follow this lead.”