Social Services Relief Fund investment - building on the COVID-19 Action Plan to Protect Vulnerable Ontarians - helping save lives

Published on July 07, 2020

In March, the government launched the $200 million Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) to help vulnerable Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We know those funds were crucial in slowing the spread COVID-19. That’s why, on July 2, 2020, the government announced an additional investment of $150 million under the Social Services Relief Fund to improve shelters and create opportunities for longer-term housing.

That brings the government’s total Social Services Relief Fund investment to $350 million.

Municipalities will be able to use the funding for long-term, innovative housing solutions so they are better prepared for emergencies. In addition to providing food, shelter and supplies, the funds can also be used to renovate shelters and purchase new facilities. This will help with physical distancing in the short term and support longer-term, more sustainable solutions to homelessness.

Ontario is calling on the federal government to do its part and join the provinces in providing immediate comprehensive emergency funding for municipalities across Canada.

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