COVID-19: JFCY update and links to legal information

All of JFCY’s services are available by phone and other technology during this time when our physical office is closed. If you are an existing client or you are looking for services for the first time, please call us at 416-920-1633 or toll free at 1-866-999-5329 (JFCY). Please be patient as our service standards may be impacted in our remote work environment.

Children and people experiencing homelessness are very vulnerable while programs/services are closed and while physical isolation is required. Please reach out to children and young people that you know – by telephone, social media, even email – to try and prevent the most negative impacts of isolation.

Sept 2021, Back to School FAQ:
Does my child have to wear a mask at school? Yes, students in grades 1-12 must wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors (unless exempted*), including in hallways and during classes and on school vehicles. Students can remove masks indoors to consume food or drink only, with a minimum distance of two metres maintained between cohorts. Students do not need to wear masks outdoors. *Speak or write to the school principal to request an exemption, e.g. for medical reasons or as set out in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).  
Does my child have to go to school during COVID-19? Yes, school remains mandatory for children 6-17 years of age. Various schooling options and considerations are covered in this Steps to Justice post.

JFCY Legal Wiki and publications

COVID-19 legal information from Legal Aid Ontario funded legal clinics – includes updates on Housing and Evictions, Social Assistance, CERB, Workers Rights, Immigration & Refugee, Justice Sector closures. Check back for updates as additional content is being added regularly:

Other Information and Resourcesalways use credible sources.