Social Services Relief Funding II

Published on October 23, 2020

MPP Dave Smith and Mayor Diane Therrien toured the social services building in downtown Peterborough for an important announcement. 

Ontario Helps Protect Most Vulnerable People in Peterborough-Kawartha from COVID-19
 MPP Dave Smith announces funding for affordable housing and the overflow shelter

October 23, 2020

Peterborough – 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, Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha announced that the City of Peterborough will receive $1,924,741 in social services relief funding. This will support the overflow shelter with cleaning, staffing, food and personal protective equipment. This announcement includes capital funding to create supportive and affordable housing units for long-term housing solutions.  


“Covid-19 has presented some unique challenges for our most vulnerable. I am proud to announce that the City of Peterborough will receive funding to support the overflow shelter,” MPP Dave Smith said. “We still face some longer-term challenges such as access to affordable housing. This is another step forward in building supportive and accessible housing in our community,” MPP Smith added.


"This additional investment in housing and the shelter system is greatly needed in Peterborough," said Mayor Diane Therrien. "This funding will improve access to safe shelter for some of Peterborough's most vulnerable residents while also creating opportunities for more people to move into secure affordable housing. The City of Peterborough thanks the Government of Ontario for recognizing these challenges and helping municipalities by providing this much needed investment."


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 investment to 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.