COVID-19 Child Care Support Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the COVID-19 Child Care Support Program to help Métis families access safe high quality child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. All Métis families who meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply. 

Apply Online Button

FAQ

1. Is there support for families who are affected by the closures of child care centres due to COVID-19?

The Province of Ontario has worked with municipalities to open licensed child care for certain front-line workers. For families that do not meet those requirements, the MNO may be able to provide support until licensed child care and/or school reopens full-time. Families will be reimbursed for child care costs according to MNO’s child care subsidy rates as of March 15, 2020. Families do not need to be receiving an MNO subsidy to qualify for this assistance.

Requirements:

  1. Children must be between the ages of 0-12 years.
  2. The parent/guardian must be an MNO citizen.
  3. The person providing care must be registered in good standing with the: College of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario Teacher’s College, or College of Social Service Workers. Other designations may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  4. The family does not qualify for emergency child care available in the community or the emergency child care available does not meet the family’s needs (i.e. due to shift work)
  5. The parent(s) or guardian(s) must be employed and working outside the home. Families with special needs for child care will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  6. The child care provider must provide receipts for care.
  7. Parents will be reimbursed directly by MNO and will need to provide banking information.


2. Is there support for families who have lost income due to taking unpaid leave as a result of child care and/or school closures due to COVID-19?

If a parent or guardian is taking an unpaid leave of absence in order to care for children, MNO may be able to provide extra support while schools and/or child care centres are closed. Families may qualify for a weekly stipend of $150, until schools/child care reopens full time. Families do not need to be receiving MNO subsidy to qualify for this assistance.

Requirements:

  1. Children must be between the ages of 0-12 years.
  2. The parent/guardian must be an MNO citizen.
  3. The family does not qualify for emergency child care available in the community, or the emergency child care available does not meet the family’s needs (i.e. due to shift work).
  4. The parent(s) or guardian(s) must be employed as of March 15, 2020. They are required to provide proof of unpaid leave.
  5. Parents will be reimbursed directly by the MNO and will need to provide banking information.  


3. Is there support for families who have a family member or other person currently assisting with child care needs due to COVID-19?

If a family member or other person is assisting with child care while the parent(s) or guardian(s) are working, the MNO may be able to provide extra support while schools and/or child care centres are closed. Families may qualify for a weekly stipend of $150, until schools/child care reopens full time. Families do not need to be receiving MNO subsidy to qualify for this assistance.

Requirements:

  1. Children must be between the ages of 0-12 years.
  2. The parent/guardian must be an MNO citizen.
  3. The family does not qualify for emergency child care available in the community, or the emergency child care available does not meet the family’s needs (i.e. due to shift work).
  4. The parent(s) or guardian(s) must be working outside the home.
  5. Parents will be reimbursed directly from the MNO and will need to provide banking information. 


4. Is there support for children over the age of 12 who have a formal Special Needs diagnosis and require child care due to school/support program closures?

If a parent or caregiver has a child between 13 - 21 years of age with a Special Needs diagnosis, the family may qualify for one of the COVID-19 related care giving supports. In addition to the requirements listed in Question 3 above, families must provide the following information:

  1. Child must be between 13 - 21 years of age
  2. Child must have a formal diagnosis of a Special Need that demonstrates that additional child care is required for the child’s daily living needs.
  3. An Early Learning and Child Care Coordinator will contact families once they receive a completed application for additional documentation to confirm a Special Needs diagnosis that may qualify for COVID-19 related care giving support. This may include:
    • Formal diagnosis from a doctor or specialist, IPRC placement for a child’s school board, letter of support from a community support program such as Community Living.
    • Parents are required to provide a summary of their child’s daily living needs/tasks (i.e. feeding, toileting, communication, mobility).


CONTACT:
If you need help with your application or would like to learn more about the Program please contact the Early Learning and Child Care team at elccsupport@metisnation.org

Updated: August 5, 2020