notice from JF&CS regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Jewish Family and Child Service (JF&CS) is closely watching the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. In our response, we are following the advice of Public Health authorities.


Currently, the health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population of Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available, and JF&CS will provide updates if the risk for COVID-19 changes.

Please check our website regularly for further updates. We will continue to work with our communities as much as possible to support those who need us most at this critical time. Click here for a list of helpful resources. 

Update as of Wednesday, April 1 2020.  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in Ontario ARE continuing their child protection services. We are NOT closed. Although agencies across the province have modified their business practices to respond to health and safety concerns, their core protection services continue. If any member of the public or professional have a concern about the safety and/or well-being of a child or youth under 18, they should immediately contact their local Children’s Aid Societies or Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency. A list of local contact information for these agencies are available here:

We will be consolidating all services out of Central Branch | Lipa Green Centre

4600 Bathurst Street, First Floor 

Toronto, Ontario |  M2R 3V3

Office closures:

One Open Door | York Region Branch (Joseph & Wolf Lebovic JCC ) is closed as of March 19

Gordon S. Wolfe | Downtown Branch is closed as of March 19

Just A Second Shop is closed and the donation bins will not be collected. 

The Family Resource Centre is closed

Please see below for the list of JF&CS program closures:

All group programming, including:

    • Counseling and psycho-educational groups;

    • Family Life Education (FLE) groups;

    • Here to Help;

    • Changing Families;

    • Bagel Clubs;

  • Café Europa;

  • Family Resource Centre;

  • JDD;

  • Just a Second Shop.

What we are doing

  • We are consistently monitoring Public Health updates on COVID-19

  • We are ensuring that all service areas have hand sanitizer and are cleaned regularly

  • We are still running programs and other service-related activities

What you can do

Similar to the flu, the best way to protect yourself is through prevention:

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a sleeve/tissue when you sneeze or cough

  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose or mouth) with unwashed hands

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

  • Stay home if you are sick and limit contact with others

If you notice symptoms of the virus (such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), it is advised that you contact TeleHealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), your healthcare provider, and/or your local health authority.

We are monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis to ensure the safety of our community members, staff and families.

Please visit our website for future updates.

For more information:

For updates on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the following sites:

For infection control information and resources, please visit the Public Services Health and Safety Association website.


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4600 Bathurst St | 1st Floor

Toronto, ON   M2R 3V3



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