Ontario Helps Protect Vulnerable People During COVID-19

Published on December 10, 2020

MPP Harris and MPP Fee announce over $3 million more in social services relief funding for Waterloo Region
December 10, 2020

WATERLOO REGION —Today, Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga and Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South- Hespeler announced that Waterloo Region will receive an additional $3,361,600 in social services relief funding. This builds off the two previous rounds of social service relief funding and brings the province’s total support for the region to $13,233,649. This new 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 responding to the ongoing needs of COVID-19 by providing more flexible funding to keep our vulnerable residents in Waterloo Region safe,” said MPPs Harris and Fee. “COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a place to call home, and this additional $3 million will help ensure everyone can find – and keep – a safe and secure roof over their head.”

"As the service system manager for housing and homelessness in Waterloo Region, the Region of Waterloo is pleased that this additional funding will be used by our service providers to address both the immediate and long-term needs of our homeless residents,” said Regional Chair Karen Redman. “COVID-19 has increased the operational costs of our emergency shelter system; this will help us continue to ensure that everyone has a safe place to stay working to end chronic homelessness by investing in permanent housing that can be built quickly and cost effectively.”

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.”

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.


  • In March, Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund with an initial
    allocation of $148 million to help protect the health and safety of vulnerable
    people during COVID-19.
  • In October, over $241 million was allocated to municipalities and Indigenous
    community partners to help improve shelters and create opportunities for longerterm


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