Ontario Helps Protect Vulnerable People During COVID-19

The Ontario government announced more social services relief funding for

York Region

Newmarket - Today, the Ontario government announced that York Region will receive an additional $8,134,700 in social services relief funding. The discretionary funding can be used 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.

“Our government is investing in critical projects like social services relief funding to help protect our most vulnerable people during these difficult times,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP York-Simcoe. “This investment builds upon prior relief funding offered in the fall and will help our local communities create long-term housing solutions, improve delivery of critical services and plan for future emergencies.”

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.”

“Since the start of the pandemic, our government’s top priority has been protecting the health and safety of all Ontarians, that includes making sure that everyone has a roof over their head and a safe place to stay,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “This additional funding will help our community protect some of our most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“2020 has been a difficult and stressful year for so many people across our province, including those in Vaughan-Woodbridge,” said Michal Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge. “We know the winter months only add to the stress that many people and families are already experiencing. That’s why our government is taking real and meaningful action to ensure that those Ontarians that need the extra help have access to the most appropriate services that meet their unique needs, when and where they need them.”

“This announcement of more than $8M in new funding for York Region brings the total funding to over $21M, and will be used to keep vulnerable communities safe as we fight COVID-19,” said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville. “This additional funding will help us ensure that more people have a safe, secure roof over their head.”

“Through the additional funding, it will further support social services in the Regional Municipality of York to provide and improve services to our most vulnerable in Markham-Unionville,” said Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville. “As our province continues to fight COVID-19, our government remains committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people across Ontario.”

“We know that COVID-19 has put tremendous pressure on families and also on our communities,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. “This provincial investment will help protect and support our most vulnerable and make a significant difference in the lives of King-Vaughan residents, ensuring supports and hope as we enter the new year.”

“Our government knows that COVID-19 continues to have a significant economic impact on people living in York Region, and that many residents in Richmond Hill are facing challenging times. These funds can be used to create longer-term housing solutions, improve delivery of critical services, and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks or emergencies.” said Daisy Wai, MPP for Richmond Hill. “This additional investment is another step our government is taking to protect our most vulnerable. We will continue to work closely with our municipal partners to ensure the communities have the support they need.”

“This pandemic has brought many new challenges for the vulnerable in our communities,” said Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill. “Our government is committed to helping those in need by allocating an additional $120 million for the Social Service Relief Fund, including just over $8.1 million for the Regional Municipality of York. This funding comes at a critical time and will enable municipalities to care for those who need it most.”

“I’m very happy to hear that York-Region will be receiving over $8.1 million dollars to help vulnerable Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those experiencing homelessness. These additional funds will ensure our dollars are targeted where they are needed most.” said Michael Parsa, MPP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.

“This funding will provide much needed support to those who have been hit hardest during these challenging times,” said Thornhill MPP Gila Martow. “We must do all that we can to help our community’s most vulnerable populations.”

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.

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