New Funding Will Support Municipalities, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters and Individuals

TORONTO — The Ontario government 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 be providing municipalities and organizations that administer social services with funding to support them in their response to COVID-19. The funding will help municipalities and social service providers such as shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits continue to deliver their 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.

“Our government will spare no expense to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We are doing our part to show the Ontario spirit and we will make sure no one gets left behind. Organizations across the province are doing critical work right now to help vulnerable Ontarians and these funds will allow them to directly help those who need it most.”

The 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 these individuals’ needs such as food, rent, informal childcare, and services. There will also be discretionary benefits available to those who already receive social assistance.

This new funding will help individuals and families in financial crisis who are not able to access federal assistance to cover needs such as food, rent, medicine, transportation and other services during this public health crisis. Funding will also be made available to organizations delivering social services to vulnerable First Nations individuals and families. Individuals can apply online at

“Protecting our most vulnerable is an absolute priority, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “We’re expanding access to temporary emergency assistance so that individuals who have no other means of financial support can stay safe and healthy.”

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.

“We are acting quickly to support those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless during this unprecedented time,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This funding will go straight to communities, who know best what the immediate needs are on the ground in their local shelters.”

“This new funding will provide much needed support to our province’s most vulnerable as we continue to take decisive action to contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “If Ontario is going to successfully flatten the curve, it’s vital that we ensure that all Ontarians have the resources they need to protect their health and well-being.”


  • Last week, Ontario announced a $304 million investment in COVID-19 response, including $20 million for residential facilities in developmental services, gender-based services and protective care for children and youth.
  • To further bolster safety measures for social-assistance clients and caseworkers, the government has also temporarily removed the requirement for clients to provide written documentation at this time. Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) payments will be made as usual and will continue based on previous levels of income support. Individuals will not have to visit their local office to provide written documentation during this time. If individuals need to connect with their caseworker, they are encouraged to connect over the phone instead of visiting in person.


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Colette Linden is a graduate of the three-year Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media program from Mohawk College before heading to McMaster University to obtain her degree in Public Relations. In addition, Colette has a certificate in Writing for Publication and a certificate of Competency in the French Language, . A recent resident of Sault Ste Marie, this Hamilton native gained experience working at TSN, the Ontario Medical Association and spent 14-years with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) as the Communications Manager. A Mother of two amazing boys, Connor & Dante, Colette is a die-hard sports fan with a passion for government affairs and hopes to one day represent this City on Council. Focusing on Politics, Indigenous Affairs and Local News, Colette also reports the latest in Sports both locally and professionally. Colette joined the Superior Media Team in September of 2019 and is thankful to finish out her career with such a family-oriented and community-oriented team.


  1. If “Our government will spare no expense to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians,” & if they truly have made tens of billions of our tax-dollars immediately available to themselves.. while we are being locked-down, losing our jobs, our homes & our loved ones.

    Why are we seing our nurses & doctors desperately pleading for people to make masks and surgical caps for staff, volunteers & our first responders.. something is very wrong with what is happening here. Our so called ‘elected representatives’ seem to be displaying an almost child-like giddiness with every Provincial & Federal over-reach so far.

    We must set aside this ‘fear’ they’ve instilled in us & at least ask ourselves are we seriously willing to endorse or allow the enacting of the ‘Emergency Measures act.’ lock-down & bankrupt the entire country because a handful of people with an annoying sense of entitlement refused to go home & be scared.

    When after all it was our provincial premiere who told them to ‘..go & have some fun with your friends, your families & your loved ones’, just sayin’.

  2. 200 million dollars today.. 300 million dollars yesterday, 120 million dollars the day before that. Too many bobble-heads throwing millions of dollars out the proverbial window & not one penny of it actually making it to street level.. or an actual homeless person sleeping right outside of their window.

    I swear to everything I once held holy or sacred.. If I find out that even one board member, executive or director at any of our ‘not-for profits’ used so much as one plugged-nickle of this ‘helicopter funding’ as a performance-bonus.. I will personally drive every infected ‘street-person’ I can find from here to Queens Park & Parliament Hill to lick every door-knob we can find in a three-block radius, just sayin’.

    Strange daze indeed..

  3. What kind of ‘word sorcery’ is this.. 200 million dollars to direct us to an online application for Ontario works.?

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