Are nannies essential workers in Ontario?

We have had many questions in Ontario regarding if Nannies are considered essential workers. In an effort to keep our families and nannies as up to date as possible we wanted to provide you with the information below. Of course things are constantly changing so please be sure to check out the links to ensure our information is still up to date. 

On April 4, 2020 the Government of Ontario revised the list of businesses and industries that are considered essential during the Covid-19 crisis.  

Nannies on Call called the ‘Stop the Spread Information Line’ to get clarification and assurance.  They confirmed that nannies are still considered to be essential workers, and they followed up with an email, which is included below. 

Here is the list of essential workplaces – https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 647-76-0911 ext 108, or call the government information line directly at 1-888-444-3659.

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Thank you for your call regarding licensed child care centre closures.  I have received your inquiry from the Stop the Spread information line, and I am pleased to respond.  

The Ministry of Education is committed to maintaining a high standard of care as the safety and well-being of all Ontarians is our government’s top priority. As a result, the province declared a state of emergency and ordered the temporary closure of all licensed child care centres as of March 17, 2020.

On March 23, 2020, the Premier ordered non-essential workplaces to close and released a list of businesses deemed essential. At the present time,licensed child care centres providing services for health and frontline workers, home child care providers overseen by licensed agencies and unlicensed home child care providers may continue to provide care. Please note that home child care providers will need to cease operations if such a recommendation is made by a local public health unit.

On March 31, 2020, the Premier extended the order for child care centres to remain closed until April 13, 2020 to protect the health and safety of children and staff.  This extension would not apply to those select centres designated to support frontline heath care workers and first responders, which would remain open. This extension has been made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and under the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time.

The order made under theEmergency Management and Civil Protection Act closing all places of non-essential business applies to every person who is responsible for a place of business, other than the places of business listed in Schedule 2.  You can find a copy of the order­ here.  If you need further information about how the order applies to your circumstances you may wish to seek independent legal advice.

I hope this information is helpful.  Thank you again for taking the time to write.

Kind Regards,
Peter Zulauf
Licensed Childcare Help Desk
Child Care Quality Assurance andLicensing Branch
Early Years and Child Care Division, Ministry of Education
1-877-510-5333 | [email protected]

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