Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre Update

Joint media release from the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington

GUELPH, ON, May 9, 2013 – A small amount of vermiculite containing Libby Mine Asbestos was found at the Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre last Friday. As a precautionary measure, the centre was closed for clean up and the situation was thoroughly investigated.
Although inspection reports and air quality testing indicate the building is safe with a proper Standard Operating Procedure, due to the nature of the services being provided at the Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre, the County and the City have decided to relocate the child care programme. Both parties are committed to moving the child care programme on an interim basis while a long-term solution can be determined.

Situation Details:

  • The Willowdale Child Care Programme will cease operation for an indefinite period of time.
  • Staff are working around the clock to set up a temporary location to run the child care programme in the Willowdale area as soon as possible.
  • Staff are working on returning all personal items in the centre to families.
  • Staff have notified parents that alternative child care will need to be arranged for an indefinite period.
  • Staff are working with parents to assist with alternative arrangements for child care and transportation.
  • The County and the City are working on a plan to provide a long-term solution in the Willowdale area.

The County and the City will release more information as it becomes available.

For more information, please contact:

County of Wellington
Warden Chris White

City of Guelph
Ann Pappert, Chief Administrative Officer
519.822.1260 extension 2221