Ontario Providing More Support to Communities during COVID-19

Published on August 16, 2021

Ontario Providing More Support to Communities during COVID-19

Additional funding helps keep vulnerable people safe in Toronto


August 16, 2021


Toronto —The Ontario government is providing $114,320,400 to help the City of Toronto deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions and keep vulnerable people safe.


“As part of Ontario's ongoing efforts to improve social services, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has announced funding, which will be allocated to the province’s 47 service managers. This funding will go to various program partners which will help the people of Ontario during these tough times,” said Aris Babikian, MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt.


“Ontario has been supporting housing for those in need throughout the pandemic,” said Etobicoke Centre MPP Kinga Surma. “A safe home has been key to fighting this pandemic and this announcement will help ensure that for more Torontonians”


Today’s announcement is part of the province’s additional $307 million investment to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners respond to COVID-19. This investment builds upon the $765 million dollars of Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF) announced in 2020- 2021, for a total support to communities of over $1 billion.


“During this pandemic we have appreciated, more than ever, how important it is to have a safe place to call home,” said Willowdale MPP Stan Cho. “This is a welcome investment needed to ease the pressure on housing in Toronto.”


Don Valley North MPP Vincent Ke stated: "I am delighted to receive and share the good news that the government of Ontario is continuing to support and respond to the needs of vulnerable people in the province, including Don Valley North. The Social Services Relief funding, through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will assist municipalities and Indigenous program partners to respond to a variety of critical needs, such as operating costs for emergency shelters, to ensure the safety of people at risk in our community, especially during the pandemic."


“Municipalities have been on the frontlines of Ontario’s pandemic response and vaccine rollout, while continuing to protect our most vulnerable populations, including homeless populations,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government is committed to ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to keep their communities safe, and today’s funding will help our local partners deliver critical services, support vulnerable people, and unlock affordable housing in their communities.”


“COVID-19 has been tough on everyone. This additional funding of over $114 million to the City of Toronto will go a long way to help create long-term housing solutions to protect our most vulnerable citizens”, said Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.


“Keeping all members of our society safe and healthy is so important, and today’s funding shows our government is leaving no one behind. Substantial, tangible support is there for every Ontarian that needs it,” said Scarborough Centre MPP Christina Mitas.


Municipalities and Indigenous community partners can use the funding to protect homeless shelter staff and residents, add to rent banks, build affordable housing, and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.


“Our government is supporting community organizations such as local charities, foodbanks, shelters and non-profits, to assist our most vulnerable during challenging times,” said Scarborough North MPP Raymond Cho. “Through this Social Services Relief Fund, individuals and families will get the help they need to manage difficult situations.”




  • Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund in March 2020 to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people during COVID-19.
  • Today’s province-wide investment includes $21 million of funding under the previously announced Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI) that is being allocated to help support community housing.
  • As part of its Community Housing Renewal Strategy and response to COVID-19, Ontario is investing approximately $1.3 billion in 2021-2022 to help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness. This includes the Social Services Relief Fund.



  • Learn more about Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures


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