New Child Care First Aid Regulations in Ontario

 Effective August 31, 2015, child care workers will be required to have standard first aid with child and infant CPR training.

In December 2014, the Child Care Modernization Act, 2014, was passed by the Ontario Legislature and received Royal Assent. This new act will replace the Day Nurseries Act with a new Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. The Child Care Modernization Act, 2014 will be proclaimed on August 31, 2015.

To support the new legislation, the provincial government drafted a broad range of regulations including Regulation 137/2015 which includes the following new first aid training requirements for child care staff:
Resource Teacher
      * 55. (2) Every Licensee shall ensure that every resource teacher has a valid certification in standard first aid, including infant and child CPR, issued by a training agency recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or otherwise approved by the Director.
        Staff Training and Development
      * 58. (2) Every licensee shall ensure that every employee working at a child care centre and every provider of home child care or in-home services has a valid certification in standard first aid, including infant and child CPR, issued by a training agency recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or otherwise approved by the Director.
        The Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level C Course is recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and meets the requirements of this new regulation.