MEMBER UPDATE: March 23, 1:30PM

Province Offers $200M in Social Services Relief Funding

The Province is providing $200 million in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The province will offer municipalities and organizations administering social services with funding to support them in their response to COVID-19.

Funding will help providers like shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits deliver critical services, hire additional staff, and find ways to promote social distancing and self-isolation to keep clients safe and healthy. Ontario's municipal service managers will determine local needs and distribute the funding, ensuring clients are receiving the support they need.

Funding will also help individuals who do not qualify for emergency financial supports under federal programs. The government is putting in place an expanded Emergency Assistance program administered through Ontario Works (OW) to cover individuals' needs such as food, rent, informal childcare, and services.

There will also be discretionary benefits available to those who already receive social assistance. Funding will also be made available to organizations delivering social services to vulnerable First Nations individuals and families.

This fund will also help local communities support their shelter systems during this health crisis. The province's 47 municipal service managers will deliver this funding, ensuring clients are receiving the support they need, and will make local decisions on community funding.

Individuals can apply online at Ontario.ca/community.