Child Care for those in Essential Services

For those people with children who require child-care and who are employed in any of the critical services as defined by the chief provincial public health officer. Including, but not limited to:

  • Emergency Service Providers – Healthcare
  • Corrections Workers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire and Paramedic
  • Direct Social Services and Child Protection Workers
  • Grocery store staff
  • Farmers
  • Construction workers
  • Bank employees

If alternate care arrangements cannot be made and child-care is required, fill in and submit the Essential Services Worker Child Care Request Form, which is an action taken specifically by the Manitoba government to assist those emergency service workers in need of child-care providers.

Depending on the size of the space and whether there are external entrances to segregated rooms, the licenced child-care centres will be limited to a maximum of no more than 16 children per room, based on the advice of the chief provincial public health officer.

As of April 14, these measures are currently in place to assist all parents who work in critical services, to ensure that they will be able to access licenced child-care facilities. For those who are currently operating a child-care facility, and who have been affected by COVID-19, the provincial government has announced that it will be providing grants and support to those who qualify. For more information, or for those child-care facilities looking to re-open, you are encouraged to email