Ontario Helps Protect Most Vulnerable People in Ottawa from COVID-19

Published on October 26, 2020

 Local MPPs announces social services relief funding

October 26, 2020 / Ottawa – The Ontario government is providing municipalities and Indigenous community partners with over $241 million to help protect the province’s most vulnerable from COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Today, local MPPs announced that Ottawa will receive $17,866,692 in social services relief funding. The funds will be used to provide services to homeless clients, personal protective equipment, operate a men’s shelter, provide shelter services to women; and provide overflow shelter in hotels and motels. It will also be used to renovate an existing day program space. Acquire a facility or modular housing for permanent housing for single individuals and families. Acquire modular and/or long-term permanent housing.

“We know that our municipal partners are facing extraordinary challenges with the health and economic realties of COVID-19, and that’s why this investment is so important,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton and Minister of Long-Term Care. “This Provincial investment will help protect and support our most vulnerable in the City of Ottawa.”

“COVID-19 has put tremendous pressure on Ottawa’s most vulnerable populations and those that serve them,” said Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean and Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Today’s announced funds will go a long way and make a significant difference in the lives of countless Ottawa residents.”

“As we work together to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, it is critical that our social services receive the funding they need”, said Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West - Nepean. “I am pleased to see the announcement of Phase 2 of our Social Services Relief Fund, which will bring certainty for our partners that serve our most vulnerable.”

“I am very pleased that we received this excellent announcement,” said Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton. “This funding is so important for the people of Ottawa. It will help support improvements to our social services, and will make waves in helping those individuals who require them.”

The provincial funding is part of the government’s $510 million investment to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people. Funding will be delivered through the Social Services Relief Fund and will go towards protecting and supporting homeless shelter staff and residents, creating or renovating over 1,500 housing units, expanding rent support programs and creating longer-term housing solutions.

“We know that our municipal and Indigenous partners are facing extraordinary challenges, which is why these significant investments are so important,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. “Our investments are helping to build longer term solutions as well as meet ongoing, immediate needs related to COVID-19.”

The Social Services Relief Fund is part of the up to $4 billion being provided to Ontario municipalities under the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement. It will help municipalities protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario while delivering critical public services, such as public transit and shelters, as the province continues down the path of economic recovery.



  • In March, Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund with an initial $148 million investmentto help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. In July, an additional $150 million was committed to help improve shelters and create opportunities for longer-term housing. In August, Ontario committed another $212 million in funding, bringing the government’s assistance to service managers and Indigenous program administrators to $510 million.
  • Ontario’s service managers and Indigenous program administrators help provide shelter or housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, victims of domestic violence, and members of Indigenous communities who are in need.
  • In September, the Ontario government passed the Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, which freezes rent in 2021 for the vast majority of Ontario’s 1.7 million renters in both rent-controlled and non-rent-controlled residential units.



Media Contact for MPP Merrilee Fullerton:

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