Emergency School-Aged Child Care
April 15, 2021

Recently, the Province announced the decision to move elementary and secondary students across the province to remote learning following the April spring break, and to provide emergency child care to school-aged children of eligible health care and other frontline workers during the remote learning period (Link to Ontario’s News Release)

We’ve been receiving inquiries about the details of our district-wide plan for emergency child care for school aged children.

Beginning Monday, April 19th, 2021, Emergency Child Care will be available for school-aged children between the ages of 4 to 12 years who are currently enrolled in a publicly funded school. Limited spaces are available at this time.

Programs will be offered at the following sites:

  • YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka – Parry Sound Public School
    *Contact Valene 705-746-0511 ext. 2
  • Fairview (PSDSSAB) – St. Gregory Catholic School (Powassan)
    *Contact Jane 705-724-5462
  • YMCA of Northeastern Ontario – St. Theresa Catholic School (Callander)
    *Contact Kayla 705-752-3277
  • Home Child Care Program (PSDSSAB) – District Wide
    *Contact Cindy 746-9522 ext. 4361

To qualify for Emergency School-Aged child care, parents must meet certain eligibility criteria. Find out more by contacting the subsidy office at (705) 746-7777 ext. 5277.

Please note, all district-wide Licensed Child Care programs, including Home Child Care, will remain open, and have been unaffected by these changes.

Before/after school programs will remain closed until further notice.


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District of Parry Sound Resources and Food Options Available during COVID-19 Pandemic As of February 22, 2021

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Food Bank Weekly Update – June 30
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Five Year Housing & Homelessness Plan

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Tuesday, June 9th, it was announced by the Premier of Ontario that the Emergency Child Care Program would end on Friday June 26th. We will be closing all centre based child care currently offering emergency care effective 6:00 pm, June 26th.
We are assessing the needs of our pre-pandemic enrolled families and the new Ministry of Education regulations for re-opening child care. Programs will be returning to offering care Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm effective July 2, 2020.

Please speak to the program supervisor should you wish to be placed on a wait list. As we reopen care, child care fees will apply and families are encouraged to contact the Child Care Fee Subsidy office at 705-746-7777 ext. 5277.

To support social assistance recipients and applicants, the ministry has summarized key program information, including changes to service delivery, areas of flexibility, and additional resources available during the Covid-19 outbreak into two public information pages that may be reviewed online or printed out:

Temporary Changes to Ontario Works
Temporary Changes to ODSP

Apply for emergency assistance online.

Learn how to get short term financial support if you are in a crisis or an emergency situation and don’t have enough money for things like food and housing.


District of Parry Sound Resources and Food Options Available during COVID-19 Pandemic As of February 22, 2021

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COVID-19 Community Information Package: March 26,2020

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Parry Sound District Social Services Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Update: March 20, 2020

Parry Sound, ON –The District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board (PSDSSAB) is taking further measures to protect our residents, staff and community as a whole during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

These measures include the closing of its offices in Parry Sound and South River. All individuals seeking services of the PSDSSAB are advised to call the numbers listed below. In-office visits are restricted to emergencies only. People receiving social assistance payments are strongly urged to set up Direct Bank Deposit if they haven’t already done so to avoid any complications with receiving their benefits. Anyone can call the numbers listed below if they need assistance with this.

Anyone requiring services related to Housing are asked to call the numbers below. All client emergency needs, including health and safety issues, will continue to be addressed. Tenants will be advised of alternative ways to pay their rent where necessary.

Essential core services that will continue include:

  • - Issuing social assistance payments – Payments will not be disrupted. Please call the PSDSSAB office if you require assistance.
  • - All applications for social assistance will be taken by phone by calling the numbers below.
  • - Health and safety matters with our social housing properties will continue to be
    addressed, and essential maintenance continued.

Anyone requiring assistance are asked to call our general phone numbers:

Parry Sound
705-746-7777 or 1-800-461-4464

South River
705-386-2358 or 1-800-661-3230

As the situation evolves, further updates will be posted regularly on the PSDSSAB website at www.psdssab.org.

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The Early Development Instrument (EDI) was developed at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. Senior Kindergarten teachers across the province of Ontario complete questionnaires covering five different areas of early development, referred to as “domains” and are designed to measure children’s ability to meet age-appropriate developmental milestones at school entry.

The five domains are: Physical Health & Well-Being, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Language & Cognitive Development, Communication Skills & General Knowledge. The following snapshot presents an overview of the District of Parry Sound 2017/2018 EDI results.

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