The YMCA of Greater Toronto Opens Almost 50 Emergency Child Care Locations for Essential Workers

10 January 2022

January 10, 2022 – The YMCA of Greater Toronto is proud to once again partner with provincial and municipal governments to deliver emergency child care, opening almost 50 emergency locations across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) today.

Emergency child care is in addition to the Y’s child care for registered infants, toddlers and pre-school children, which continue to operate. Its before and after school programs are temporarily paused while in-person school is closed for students across Ontario.

“The pandemic has shone a bright light on the importance of early childhood educators who make it possible for parents to work,” says Medhat Mahdy, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toronto. “Throughout the closures of the past two years, early childhood educators have played a vital role in the lives of children and families – our community owes them a debt of gratitude for helping our community’s most critical services operate.”

The Y is the largest provider of licensed not-for-profit child care in Ontario. This is the fourth time that the charity has delivered emergency child care for the children of essential workers to support them and local communities during the pandemic.

About the YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead and give back to their communities. For over 170 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has provided opportunities for people to shine through a variety of programs and services including health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families and seniors. Promoting equity and boosting well-being across more than 400 locations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), it is a leading charity that helps everyone shine, including our most vulnerable community members. For more information visit