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COVID-19 Social and Community Supports


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:

  • Ontario Works helps people who are in temporary financial need, including Emergency Assistance for Ontarians who are in a crisis or facing an unexpected emergency and are unable to meet basic living expenses.
  • Eligibility is based on an assessment of the applicant’s ability to access other resources and meet their basic living expenses and the danger to health of an individual or family if assistance is not issued.
  • Those already receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program are not eligible.
  • You can apply online or call 311.

Learn more and apply to Ontario Works

  • Discretionary benefits (up to $100 for singles, and $200 for families) is available to help individuals and families in receipt of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program cover exceptional costs related to COVID-19 until the end of June, 2020.
    • Those who received this benefit in the month of April will automatically receive it for May and June.
    • If you are in receipt of ODSP, please contact your ODSP worker to discuss your needs.  If you are in receipt of Ontario Works, please call 311 to request assistance with COVID-19 related costs.
  • Examples of COVID-19 related costs include:
    • Personal protective equipment required for hospital or clinic visits
    • Cleaning supplies for those that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or a family member who has been diagnosed
    • Delivery or travel costs for food or other essential supplies for recipients or families who are self-isolating
  • Applicants must be currently in receipt of Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program.
  • Request must be due to a particular need as a result of COVID-19.
  • To apply:
    • if you are in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Program, contact your Case Manager.
    • if you are in receipt of Ontario Works, please email or call 311.

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:

Funding opportunities for local organizations

Halton Region truly appreciates the work of community partners that are supporting residents during the COVID-19 situation. For information on funding opportunities for local organizations, please email

Volunteer opportunities