Emergency Child Care

Emergency Child Care (ECS)

The MFRC can help Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) families who qualify, with unexpected and unique child care challenges by supporting with the facilitation of their short-term emergency child care requirements.

Military families are encouraged to have a Family Care Plan (FCP); however, families may sometimes face situations where conditions of service in the CAF prove too challenging for the FCP to accommodate; when this happens additional child care support may be available.

The MFRC may subsidize a family’s child care request through direct child care services, expense reimbursement or through the coordination of independent child care services on a short-term basis. 

A military family may be eligible for up to 96 hours of subsidized child care, or in special circumstances, reimbursement for child care expenses.


Emergency Child Care needs and eligibility are assessed on a case-by-case basis during times of emergency. To learn more about Emergency Child Care eligibility, funding, and options for your family, contact the Child Care Coordinator.

Families will be supported by Emergency Child Care services under many unique circumstances including: 
  • When the CAF member must report for duty on short notice, or is away on tasking and neither their primary or secondary caregiver identified on their Family Care Plan is available to care for their children; 
  • When your family requires emergency respite child care while the CAF member is away, for essential health and well-being; 
  • When the CAF member requires emergency short-term child care to secure essential necessities that have not already been covered through IRP within three months after posting; 
  • When the CAF member or any immediate member of your family has been seriously ill or injured; or when a member of the family has died.

How to Access

Weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm call (780) 973-4011 ext. 6300 and indicate that you are calling for Emergency Child Care.

Weeknights, weekends and holidays call (780) 973-4011 and ask to speak to the Emergency Chaplain or follow the automated prompts for “Emergency Chaplain”.