Ontario providing more support to communities during COVID-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Aug. 16, 2021
HALDIMAND-NORFOLK —The Ontario government is providing $1,904,800 to help Haldimand and Norfolk deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions and keep vulnerable people safe.
“The funding announced today continues the province’s commitment to support municipalities,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “This funding will assist Haldimand and Norfolk Counties in keeping the vulnerable safe during this challenging time.”
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.
“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.”
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.
- Social Services Relief Fund in March 2020 to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people during COVID-19.
- 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.
- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19
- 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
- See how your organization can help fight COVID-19
- For up-to-date information on the province’s vaccine rollout and instructions on how to book an appointment, visit Ontario’s vaccine webpage.
For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or [email protected]