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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in many different ways, including socially and financially. This page includes information and links to social, financial and community supports available to you and the community.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance programs are available from all levels of government to help individuals and families experiencing financial challenges due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Online tools are available to help you determine which financial benefits you might be eligible for:

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care.

Learn more about CRCB

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.

Learn more about CRSB

The CERB has ended and the Government of Canada has announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new recovery benefits to better support Canadians. If you need financial assistance after your CERB has ended, you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits.

Learn more about support after CERB and how to transition to the new benefits.

Community supports

  • There are a number of food banks and neighborhood food programs to help you access food and essential goods if you are:
    • living on a reduced income
    • financially struggling due to COVID-19
    • in social isolation or supporting individuals in social isolation
    • an older adult
    • a person with disabilities
    • a single parent

Find a food bank

Find a neighborhood food program

  • Note: If you are in self-isolation, contact the organization to see if you can send someone on your behalf and inquire about the information required.
  • The Meals on Wheels program delivers affordable, home-style and healthy meals to older adults and adults with disabilities.

Find a service provider

  • Food for Life delivers packages of food and other essential goods (such as infant supplies and hygiene items as available) to residents who are self-isolating and low income.
  • This service is primarily for those who cannot access essential goods through other channels or would be in hardship without support.
  • For more information and to determine if you are eligible for this service:

Community investments during COVID-19

Halton Region is making investments in programs and services that are supporting vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is being provided through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) and through Provincial and Federal initiatives. For information on funding opportunities, please email communityresponse@halton.ca.

The following list provides an overview of Regional investments being made in local community programs and services. As more programs and services are approved for funding, they will be added to this page.

Note: The following community programs and initiatives are approved for HRCIF funding in addition to nearly $1.2 million that was granted to 17 programs and initiatives this year as part of commitments made in 2018 or 2019.

  • AbleLiving Services Inc. (external link)
    • $160,594 to provide health and social services for older adults and facilitate and support hospital to home transitions through the Burlington Community Wellness Hub (PACE model).  
  • Ach─ôv (external link) New
    • $9,077 to provide a range of supports to newcomer women including settlement, employment workshops and wellness activities. The program is being delivered virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ample Labs (external link)
    • $11,446 to support implementation of the Chalmers app, a chat-bot that supports vulnerable populations to access information about crisis-based services. Funding is also being provided by the United Way of Halton & Hamilton.
  • Acclaim Health and Community Care Services (external link)
    • $67,937 to address isolation and provide strategies to support well-being among older adults at-risk.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton (external link)
    • $15,000 to support virtual matching opportunities for Halton youth on the agency’s waitlist.
  • Camelot Centre Adult Day Program Inc. (external link)
    • $6,000 to purchase specialized chairs and equipment to support day program clients with developmental disabilities.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): Halton Region Branch (external link) New
    • $109,508 to work collaboratively with the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) to support vulnerable households through service navigation and mental health support. The grant will also support CMHA to co-facilitate the Halton Situation Table with the HRPS.
    • $29,869 to provide free, walk-in counselling for residents 16 years old and older. Programming provided virtually during COVID-19.
    • $39,773 to enhance a program providing one-on-one mental health and addictions support, crisis intervention and after-care support for individuals receiving shelter. This funding is in addition to a multi-year HRCIF grant the program is receiving.
  • Capability Support Services Inc. (external link)
    • $30,000 to add three additional supportive housing units to serve medically-stable clients that have been residing in hospital for extended periods of time.
  • Central West Specialized Developmental Services (external link)
    • $70,598 to develop a Halton model for supporting children and youth with both a mental health and developmental diagnosis (dual diagnosis). This is a collaborative project from a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table.
  • Community Development Halton (external link)
    • $88,183 to provide backbone support to a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table to identify and support older adults who are isolated or at-risk of isolation.
  • Distress Centre Halton (external link)  
    • $15,500 to provide Telecheck, a free outbound call support service to help Halton residents who struggling with isolation and mental or health issues by keeping them connected and ensuring their safety and well-being.
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton (external link)
    • $78,067 to hire a female mobile support case worker who will work collaboratively with Halton Regional Police Service to provide a continuum of care for victims of human trafficking.
  • Food4Kids Halton (external link)
    • $29,465 to provide grocery cards to food insecure families during the summer months.
  • Food for Life (external link)
    • $113,500 to expand food access points, outreach programming and provide refrigerators the community can access in Milton and Halton Hills.
    • $30,000 to deliver food and other essentials to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This in addition to more than $73,406 provided through provincial funding for this program during the first wave of the pandemic.
  • Halton Food for Thought (external link)  
    • $21,905 to provide non-perishable food items to students throughout the school year.
  • Halton Multicultural Council (external link)
    • $46,034 to assist newcomers and refugees who are in or at-risk of a crisis and facilitate access to community supports.
  • Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Programs (external link)
    • $2,700 to increase direct social work supports for clients who are unable to participate in virtual programming.
  • Links2Care (external link) New
    • $55,270 to provide system navigation and support to homeless and at-risk populations to access the health care system. Funding through the HRCIF builds on an initial investment of $52,200 through provincial funding. The initiative is in partnership with a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table that is supporting coordinated access to services for residents who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
    • $46,667 to extend an initiative providing supports to older adults who are isolated or at risk of isolation in coordination with a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table on reducing isolation among older adults.
  • Literacy South Halton (external link) New
    • $3,796 to purchase laptops that will help enable virtual service delivery.
  • March of Dimes Canada (external link)
    • $10,450 to provide peer-to-peer support between March of Dimes volunteers and stroke survivors while in hospital.
  • Nelson Youth Centres (external link)
    • $90,000 to provide clinical mental health supports to youth in Halton Hills and family therapy for high school age youth.
  • Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre (OPNC) (external link)
    • $46,000 as the lead in a collaborative request to provide supports and system navigation to residents in the Churchill area of Oakville.
    • $11,604 to repair the agency’s front porch and make related improvements (food bank services are being provided on the porch during COVID-19).
  • Oakville & Milton Humane Society (external link)
    • $30,000 to provide shelter and veterinarian care to animals when their owners need to access emergency services such as a hospital, a homeless shelter and/or are fleeing domestic violence (Families in Transition program).
  • Oakville Meals on Wheels (external link)
    • $28,625 to support program operations and address isolation among older adults
    • $20,000 to subsidize meals for clients with low incomes in response to increased needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services (external link)
    • $15,015 to replace windows in an assisted living home that supports individuals with an acquired brain injury.
  • Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton (external link)
    • $11,720 to implement a new phone system to accommodate the increase in counselling and crisis support calls.
  • Shifra Homes Inc. (external link)
    • $17,488 to provide access to healthy nutritious food while supporting life skills for young pregnant women.
    • $48,626 for the Residential & Seeds of Hope Programs that provide supports to young pregnant women at Shifra Homes including mental health programming and operational costs.
  • Support and Housing – Halton (external link)
    • $84,000 to provide intensive case management at the agency’s Grace House and Chartwell Residence and support transitions to and from partner programs.
  • St. Christopher’s Anglican Church (external link) New
    • $29,970 to support a modified delivery of the Open Doors program including takeout meals, activity kits for children with special needs and a virtual program to connect parents.
  • Syyidah Centre – Milton Halal Food Bank (external link)
    • $27,000 to support operational costs and food purchases in response to increased demand during COVID-19.
  • Tetra Society of North America (external link)
    • $4,400 to develop custom-made assistive devices to enhance the lives of individuals with a disability.
  • The AIDS Network (external link) as the lead partner in the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (external link)
    • $99,400 for the ongoing work of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR). HEDR is a community collective of organizations, institutions, groups, businesses and individual community members that are committed to building systemic inclusion and equity in Halton.
  • The Children's Aid Society of the Regional Municipality of Halton (CAS) (external link)
    • $28,248 to make renovations in four units at an Oakville CAS residence that provides transitional housing for youth.
    • $88,899 to provide a range of supports for youth in the Bridging the Gap program (external link) including case management, life skills support, housing start-up costs, a host home opportunity in Halton Hills and rent assistance for youth.
    • $51,515 to extend a Community Safety and Well-Being initiative to connect youth exiting the care of the Children’s Aid Society to education, training, employment and mentorship.
  • The Women's Centre of Halton (external link)
    • $51,659 to provide peer support, referrals, navigation and workshops for women in crisis and/or transition.
  • Thrive Counselling Services Halton Inc. (external link) New
    • $9,070 for web design and project coordination to establish a central point of information to help and engage survivors of sexual assault. The project is an initiative of the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee.
  • $1,249,595 allocated between March and November to support additional emergency shelter options and appropriate isolation facilities for individuals previously in congregate environments, who may be symptomatic or who were previously sleeping unsheltered.
  • $149,211 to date for the purchase and distribution of critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for operations in emergency shelters, housing with related supports providers, and other key support service providers.
  • Bethany Residence (external link)
    • $308,165 to assist with increased on-site staffing costs, increased supports for 110 residents, intensive cleaning and food security. Funding is also supporting the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hotel costs associated with pre-emptively moving residents into hotels to diminish potential virus transmission.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association: Halton Region Branch (external link)
    • $2,700 for new technology that enables virtual peer support and life skills groups for homeless and at-risk individuals throughout Halton region.
  • Compassion Society of Halton (external link)
    • $5,961 to purchase food and essential goods in Burlington.
  • Food for Life (external link)
    • $73,406 from March to June to deliver essential goods, fresh food and hot soup to vulnerable residents across Halton region.
  • Front Line Outreach (external link)
    • $5,000 to deliver food and essential hygiene products to vulnerable Oakville and Halton Hills residents.
  • Halton Gujarati Seniors Samaj (external link)
    • $4,070 for tablets to keep older adults connected and engaged in weekly meetings and virtual events.  
  • Home Suite Hope (external link)
    • $4,400 for new technology and other supplies for single mothers with limited financial resources to complete post-secondary requirements virtually.
    • $35,725 to extend a Community Safety and Well-Being initiative to enhance access to life skills programming for individuals at risk of homelessness.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Halton - Hamilton (external link)
    • $4,630 to provide one-on-one tutoring to students with learning disabilities to support at-home learning.
  • Links2Care (external link)
    • $68,701 to support a community hub in Acton providing essential support services for vulnerable residents in Halton Hills, including food security
    • $52,200 for a system navigator to support homeless and at-risk populations to access the health care system. The initiative is in partnership with a Community Safety and Well-Being Action Table that is supporting coordinated access to services for residents who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
  • Parkside (external link) and Millhouse Resthomes (external link)
    • $20,000 to support increased on-site staff, cleaning, transportation and food costs.
  • Salvation Army Burlington (external link)
    • $5,002 to purchase protective equipment and supplies for the safe operation of food programming in Burlington.
  • Salvation Army Lighthouse (external link)
    • $71,300 to hire new staff to provide support services/case management to shelter clients and assistance with rehousing.
    • $10,238 to support increased on-site cleaning and food distribution.
  • Salvation Army Milton (external link)
    • $30,000 to support emergency food collection and distribution to vulnerable Milton residents.
  • Support and Housing – Halton (external link)
    • $17,558 to support the organization due to ongoing safety protocols required at its eight housing properties.
  • Wellington Square United Church (external link)
    • $5,028 to deliver prepared meals to vulnerable Burlington residents.
  • Wesley Urban Ministries (external link)
    • $58,272 from March - November to deliver hot meals to individuals and families in temporary hotel environments.
    • $193,340 to support case management and rehousing efforts for single individuals in hotels across Halton.

Volunteer opportunities

  • Volunteer Halton (external link) is seeking volunteers to support the COVID-19 community response in Halton Region.
  • SPARK Ontario (external link) is the Provincial Government’s first bilingual online site to direct volunteers to where they are needed most.
  • Workforce Matching Portal (external link) The Government of Ontario has developed an online workforce matching portal to connect interested health care professionals who are retired, non-active, or internationally educated, and students and volunteers with health care experience, to indicate their interest in contributing to the province’s response to COVID-19.
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