Events are changing rapidly, and we are responding accordingly. Our management team has been working diligently with staff and key stakeholders to ensure our response remains robust and the health and safety of everyone who works and visits NCFST is maintained. We are sending this message to provide an update on our response to COVID-19 and its impact on you and our daily operations.
In response to the latest recommendations from multiple governments and health authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19 NCFST is making changes to our business practices. Our goal remains the same to limit public engagement, services and activities as much as possible between March 16th and April 5th. This 3-week period is intended to flatten the curve and reduce the transmission of the pandemic to ensure our medical and support services systems are not overwhelmed.
In congruence with recommendations made by Toronto Public Health, we have made the decision to temporarily close the following services until further notice:
- All EarlyOn Centres will be closed;
- All Aboriginal Head Start Programs will be closed;
- All Daycare and school-based programming will be closed (including before and after school supports, GED and other educational programming);
- 185 Carlton will be closed.
- Culture Nights at 30 College and Scarborough will be suspended until further notice.
- All programming and groups and gatherings where hygiene and social distancing cannot be maintained.
Community members should contact their worker by phone should you require any assistance.
- NYRC and SCFLC are offering services by appointment only. The sites are locked and a sign is posted with the extension numbers for folks to call and referrals will be offered. Staff will be on-site to provide emergency support such as food cards, tokens, etc.
- 30 College is providing essential services only. Community members are encouraged to call their workers to request support. Signage has been posted to support this closure.
- The Transition Houses are all open and full. We will continue to provide services to this vulnerable community.
- Mdewgaan Lodge will continue to operate as we are serving vulnerable women and their children who need our support 24 hours a day.
- Tikanagan program continues to offer services remotely.
- Child and Family Wellbeing will continue to service our families/children and youth.
If you are unsure whether an event will be happening, please contact your local NCFST site for information.
We apologize for any inconvenience these suspensions might cause. We are committed to keeping our community safe, and we will continue to provide updates on our website as the situation evolves.
Our staff commitment to ongoing service
Our staff is committed to servicing our community in the best way possible. At this time, we are continuing to service our community as described above, with both essential and non-essential services. We ask that you continue to be patient with us as we find ourselves in an unprecedented time. We are working very hard with all of our staff to ensure we are present for our community.
We will continue to update our website as new information becomes available. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.
For more information:
For further updates on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the following sites: