Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis

Published on April 02, 2020

Waterloo Region Receives New Funding to Help with Delivery of Critical Support Services

April 2, 2020

Elmira — The Ontario government is providing $3,350,700 to the Region of Waterloo to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

This funding can be used by municipalities and social service providers such as homeless shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits to support delivery of critical services, hire additional staff, acquire more personal protective equipment, and find ways to promote social distancing and self-isolation to keep people safe and healthy. The Region of Waterloo will determine how this funding is distributed locally to provide people in the community with the support they need.

“We are acting quickly to support those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless during this unprecedented time,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark “This funding is going straight to communities, who know best what the immediate needs are on the ground.”

“This support will provide the Region of Waterloo with needed capital to make sure critical support services are continued and expanded during this crisis,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “I join with others to applaud the community organizations and individual volunteers who are stepping up for those most in need right now.”

Ontario is providing $148 million to local service managers and Indigenous program administrators all across Ontario to give them flexibility to expand the key services they already offer to meet their local needs. For example, this funding could be used for emergency loans for people having a hard time paying rent. It is up to communities to respond to local needs.



  • This money is part of Ontario’s $200 million services relief funding to help protect the province's most vulnerable people.
  • Visit Ontario’s website to take the online COVID-19 assessment or to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.