More frontline workers are eligible to access Ontario's child care program as of Tuesday, February 9.

The free emergency child care program is in place for various essential workers whose children are still learning from home, like in Toronto, York, and Peel.

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Most students in Ontario have returned to class already, but online learning continues for students in Toronto, York, and Peel until after Family Day on Tuesday, February 16.

That's why Ontario announced it's continuing to offer free child care until Friday, February 12.

And more people are eligible to apply for the program, too — as of Tuesday, February 9, the full list now includes the following professions:

  • Individuals who work for a business that undertakes construction activities or projects and related services — including land surveying and demolition services — still permitted to be open.
  • Employees of a municipal transit agency, Metrolinx or the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, who support a function that cannot be done through remote work arrangements.

Other eligible workers for the program include police officers, paramedics, postal workers, teachers, and long-term care home workers.

Parents can contact their municipality or municipal services manager to confirm that they're eligible for the program.