Emergency Child Care

Emergency Child Care

The MFRC can help Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) families who qualify, with unexpected and unique child care challenges by supporting them with the facilitation of 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 MFRC Family Support Worker.
Families may be supported by Emergency Child Care services under many unique circumstances including:
  • When the Canadian Armed Forces 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 Canadian Armed Forces member is away, for essential health and well-being;
  • When the Canadian Armed Forces 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 Canadian Armed Forces member or any member of your family has been seriously ill or injured; or when there is a death of a family member.

How to Access

Weekdays from 8:30am to 4:00pm 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”.


MFRC Deployment Respite Childcare

Deployments can cause additional stress on families with children who are solo-parenting. There are several programs and policies in place to help support you and your family in times of emergency by providing assistance in either accessing childcare or covering a limited amount of childcare expenses.

Registration and Eligibility Effective August 1, 2019

As part of the Emergency Child Care Services, Respite Child Care may be available when the CAF member is absent due to a military-related tasking (i.e. deployment, course, exercise, etc.) and the family requires a period of respite for their continued health and well-being.
Each family situation is considered on a case-by-case basis and assessed individually. Parents/guardians will speak with an MFRC Family Support Worker in-person or over the phone who will assist by developing a plan that best suits the well-being of the family and children, during what could be a stressful time. A limited amount of funding may be available to cover childcare related costs to families who qualify for a maximum of 96 hours. Please have the dates of the military member’s absence (date leaving and expected date of return) as well as the name of the member’s Unit (confirmation of absence is required). 
Please be aware, there may be circumstances where the MFRC is unable to find a provider within a short period of time, therefore, a thorough family care plan is strongly recommended.

Childcare options

Families that qualify may choose to use the MFRC Casual Care program, during the recurring and designated Casual Care dates. Hours are limited and based upon availability. Alternate options may include the use of an in-home caregiver, day home, or drop-off day program that would meet your needs. The MFRC partners with a number of community agencies to provide these services.

How to Access

Weekdays from 8:30am to 4:00pm call (780) 973-4011 ext. 6300 and indicate that you are calling for Deployment Respite Child Care.