Help for Doctors/ Child Care

The Province has ordered the closure of child care centres and schools starting March 20, 2020. The closures are expected to last for a minimum of three weeks. We understand that as front-line workers you shouldn’t have to worry about child care in these unprecedented times. So Doctors Manitoba has put together some resources for you.

Provincial Resources:

The province has made arrangements to continue offering child care to health care professionals, including physicians, along with other essential service workers.

You can complete the provincial form to request child care. The government announced a plan to keep some centres open with limited capacity as well as grants for displaced early childhood educators to set up a home-based day care with capacity that adheres with public health direction.

Manitoba Medical Students Association:

Medical students have been impacted by COVID-19, with a disruption in their studies and clerkships. They are generously offering their time to help physicians, including residents, across the province. This includes child care, dog walking or help with a pet and grocery shopping. Medical students are being mindful of public health advice and will pair with physicians requesting their help for continuity and to minimize contacts.

With schools canceled and many day cares closed, students can help with child care gaps. One student will be paired with one physician family to reduce the risk of community spread. Volunteers are limited so please explore other child care options first.

These services are being offered free of charge. Doctors Manitoba encourages members to consider making a donation to MMSA, who will make a contribution to a charity of their choice at a later date.

To request help from a student volunteer: Complete their online intake form and then complete their waiver form and email to .

If you have any questions please email

Thank you to the medical students for supporting physicians in our province!