Ontario Helps Protect Vulnerable People in York Region During COVID-19 Province provides additional funding for shelters and rent relief

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

Today, Ontario York Region MPPs announced that the Regional Municipality of York will receive nearly $8,419,414 in social services relief funding. This funding will support: -

  • Extending operating facilities to support self-isolation and transitional shelters;
  • Providing rent relief
  • Installing modular housing
  • Upgrading buildings that support those who are homeless
  • Retrofitting and renovating spaces on Housing with Supports properties to create supportive independent housing.

“The $241 million in relief funding for Ontario’s social services is the newest example of our government’s commitment to continue protecting our most vulnerable. By providing long-term housing solutions and essential supplies across York Region, we can ensure that those facing homelessness have the vital resources they need to stay protected during this global pandemic.” Said MPP Michael Parsa, for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.

“This pandemic has created many challenges for the vulnerable citizens in Richmond Hill. Our Government sees the need to protect the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. This funding will provide them with much-needed shelter, especially with winter around the corner. It also resolves, in part, the long-term housing need in Richmond Hill”  Daisy Wai, MPP for Richmond Hill says.

 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