Protecting our Most Vulnerable from COVID-19

Published on April 23, 2020

Ontario's Action Plan for our most vulnerable includes elements to protect front-line staff, homeless, those struggling with addictions, and supporting food banks.

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This plan builds on previous actions taken by the government to-date including:


  • $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence
  • $200 million in social services relief funding -- $148 million to help municipalities and social service providers continue to deliver their critical services while keeping clients safe and healthy. The remaining $52 million is being invested in expanding the emergency assistance program through Ontario Works to provide more support for those facing serious financial difficulties – right now.
  • $37 million to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation efforts to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities — particularly those in remote and far-northern regions.