Children who attend licensed child care centres are required through the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 to have up to date immunizations as recommended by the local Medical Officer of Health (Regulation 137/15).
In Renfrew County and District, every child attending licensed child care must be immunized based on their age as recommended in the routine immunization schedule for Ontario. Immunizations are available at our immunization clinics and from family physicians.
Responsibilities of Child Care Centres
Each child care center is responsible for ensuring that immunizations for each infant/child enrolled in the centre are up-to-date. This includes keeping immunization records on file and forwarding copies to the Health Unit. If a parent/guardian choses to complete an exemption form, the Health Unit requires the original and the child care centre should keep a photocopy.
New Exemption Requirements
All exemptions should be submitted on the forms provided by the Ministry of Education. All previous exemptions will expire on September 1, 2017. If continued exemption is needed, a new form must be submitted.
Statement of conscience or religious belief must be completed by a parent or guardian.
Statement of medical exemption must be completed by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner.
The Health Unit communicates with licensed child care providers about procedures for providing information about the immunization status of children enrolled in their care. For further information or questions, call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 ext. 666.
The Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act lists over 70 communicable diseases that must be reported to local health units. Directors of many institutions including licensed child care facilities are responsible for reporting suspected cases of reportable diseases to the local Health Unit. All reports are followed up by a Public Health Nurse or Public Health Inspector.
How to report communicable diseases
For diseases which need to be reported immediately – see the list of see the list of Reportable Communicable Diseases – call 613-735-8653 during office hours and 613-735-9926 during evenings, weekends and holidays.
For diseases which can be reported the next business day, complete the Child Care Facility/School Reportable Disease Reporting Form and fax it to 613-735-3067.