Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
Child care for essential workers responding to COVID-19
Parents who are providing healthcare and other essential services in response to COVID-19 are experiencing increased child care pressures due to self-isolation and physical distancing requirements
The GNWT, through ECE, is providing $5.106 million to immediately create four temporary child care initiatives that will support parents providing essential services during the COVID-19 public health emergency and lessen the financial impacts on licensed family day homes and centre-based child care programs.
The initiatives include:
- A $1.9-million subsidy to lower child care costs by 33% for parents who are required to physically attend work and who need child care during COVID-19.
- A $1,000 per month wage top-up for child care staff, to ensure both licensed family day homes and centre-based early learning and child care programs are adequately resourced to provide child care services, especially during non-regular hours, for a total value of $1.3 million.
- $665,000 in additional resources to ensure licensed child care programs receive adequate support for supplies and labour to carry out enhanced cleaning regimens at child care centres, and to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff and clients.
- A $1.24-million subsidy to offset a portion of the fixed costs, such as rent and utilities, for licensed early learning and child care programs that have closed due to COVID-19. While ideally child care programs will remain open as essential services wherever possible, this subsidy is designed to support the ability of programs to re-open when the health risks associated with COVID-19 have decreased.
These initiatives will prioritize direct health and allied healthcare workers, as well as any parents required to physically attend a worksite during the pandemic.
Provision of child care services for front-line workers
Subsidizing child care services for front-line workers
Community Health Workers
Medical Imaging Workers
Medical Laboratory Technologists
Mental Health Workers
Nurses - Licensed Practical
Nurses - Registered
Personal Support Workers
Physicians - Emergency
Physicians - Intensive Care
Physicians - Primary/Family
Physicians - Specialists
Public Health Workers
Other Health Care Workers
The Government of the Northwest Territories released the first wave of support for NWT residents, businesses and communities on March 20, and the second on March 31, 2020.
The continued availability of licensed early learning and child care programs is critical for ensuring essential workers in the NWT can continue providing services to residents of the NWT throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, including healthcare services impacted.
Economic support measures in the NWT are intended to complement financial supports implemented by the Government of Canada.