The Ontario government is providing more than $13 million to help York Region deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions and keep vulnerable people safe.
“Through the Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) our government continues to help protect the health and safety of Ontario’s most vulnerable people during COVID-19,” MPP Billy Pang said. “I’m pleased that $13,000,800 has been invested to York Region to further support our communities by helping to end homelessness, and to ensure resources are available in case of potential outbreaks in the future.”
This announcement is part of the province’s additional $307 million investment to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners respond to COVID-19. This investment builds upon the $765 million dollars of Social Services Relief Funding announced in 2020- 2021, for a total support to communities of over $1 billion.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has been working closely with local service providers to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community are safe and have access to critical services,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said. “(This) announcement of $13 million for the Regional Municipality of York will further support these efforts and our goal of building strong, healthy communities.”
Municipalities and Indigenous community partners can use the funding to protect homeless shelter staff and residents, add to rent banks, build affordable housing, and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.