On Monday, March 23, the government of Ontario announced that $200M in social services relief funding will be provided to protect the health and safety of the provinces most vulnerable people, including those who live in poverty, are homeless or unemployed.
The Social Services Relief Fund will provide additional resources directly to individuals and families in financial crisis, and municipalities delivering critical social services.
The government is expanding access to Emergency Assistance under Ontario Works to support individuals who may be ineligible for federal financial support, or awaiting further details. This is available for individuals not already on social assistance, with limited income, assets or credit who are in a crisis or an emergency situation. For those currently receiving social assistance who need increased support, we are expanding discretionary benefits, making funds for extraordinary needs more flexible and accessible, while at the same time ensuring there is no disruption to current assistance.
Municipalities and other organizations that provide social services will be eligible to receive funding to support their response to COVID-19. Shelters, food banks, charities and non-profits will have access to flexible funding to help cope with growing demands and extraordinary circumstances. The government encourages non-profits, food banks, and other charitable organizations to reach out to their local municipalities to offer support in whatever ways they can.
More information is available at the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services website.
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