Health and safety guidelines for emergency child care

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This section provides the health and safety guidelines/protocols for emergency child care operating across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please note: Health and safety guidelines/ protocols for emergency child care centres are currently not being updated. Some of these links may no longer be active.

In addition to the CRRU chart, see the Canadian Child Care Federation drop-box, for more health and safety guidelines and protocol documents for ELCC programs/providers.

COVID-19: Protocol for emergency child care plan during COVID-19 pandemic
Compass ELC, 28 March 2020

Newfoundland and Labrador

Essential services child care policy
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, 26 March 2020

Nova Scotia


New Brunswick


Prince Edward Island



Directives de santé publique à l’intention des éducatrices des services de garde d’urgence à l’enfance/ Public health guidelines for daycare educators Child Emergency Services
Gouvernement du Québec, 22 March 2020

Ideas and practices suggested by childcare services as part of their pandemic service continuity plans
Government of Quebec, 2007

L'association québécoise des CPE: Les Informations à jour
Association québécoise des CPE, 23 March 2020


UPDATED: COVID-19 Guidance: Emergency childcare centres
Government of Ontario, 8 May 2020

Home-based child care operating guidelines for COVID-19
Eastern Ontario Health Unit, 14 April 2020

COVID-19 Response: New guidelines for provincial programs - Child care and LTC, Memo
City of Ottawa, 3 April 2020


COVID-19: Practice guidance
Government of Manitoba, 30 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Manitoba early learning and child care practice guidance
Government of Manitoba, 27 March 2020


Information for licensed child care facilities
Government of Saskatchewan, 22 March 2020


COVID-19 Response: Conditions for re-opening select licensed child care centres
Government of Alberta, March 2020

British Columbia

COVID 19: Public health guidance for childcare settings
Government of British Columbia, 24 March 2020



Northwest Territories



Public Health Guidance: Enhanced measures at Yukon child care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis
Government of Yukon, May 2020