On March 12, 2020, amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario confirmed that it was closing schools for three weeks through to April 5, 2020. Days later, a declaration of a state of emergency shut down all licensed daycares in the province for a three week period. In recent days, statements from government officials have advised that the school and daycare closures will be extended until at least April 20, 2020 as the province continues to grapple with COVID-19.
While the school and daycare closures are ongoing, a long list of essential businesses continue to operate. Many employers and workers are now wondering what protections are being offered to individuals who cannot work due to childcare obligations. MORE.