Ontario helps protect vulnerable people during COVID-19

Barrett announces more social services relief funding

for Haldimand and Norfolk


SIMCOE — Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk, announced the two counties will receive an additional $378,400 in social services relief funding.

As service manager for social services for Haldimand and Norfolk, Norfolk can use the discretionary funding in both counties to improve the delivery of critical services, protect homeless shelter staff and residents, renovate and purchase shelter facilities, add to rent banks, create longer-term housing solutions and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies. This announcement is for new funding in addition to previously announced monies and brings the total social services relief funding to more than $3.1 million.

“Our government is responding to the ongoing needs of COVID-19 by providing more flexible funding to keep our vulnerable citizens safe,” said Barrett. “We know that COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a place to call home, and this additional funding will help ensure everyone can find – and keep – a safe and secure roof over their head.”

The Ontario government is allocating an additional $120 million across the province to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners protect vulnerable people during COVID-19. This investment builds upon the second phase of social services relief funding announced this fall.

“Our government continues to respond to the pandemic with significant investments for our municipal and Indigenous partners,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “As the public health situation continues to evolve, we are providing more support, so our partners are in a better position to protect those who need it most.”

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s $510 million investment through the Social Services Relief Fund to help protect the health and safety of vulnerable people across the province.  


  • Social Services Relief Fund with an initial allocation of $148 million to help protect the health and safety of vulnerable people during COVID-19.
  • over $241 million was allocated to municipalities and Indigenous community partners to help improve shelters and create opportunities for longer-term housing.



For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519+428+0446 or toby.barrett@pc.ola.org