Ontario Providing More Support to Communities during COVID-19

Published on August 16, 2021

Additional funding helps keep vulnerable people safe in the City of Hamilton

News Release

Hamilton —The Ontario government is providing $14,851,000 to help the City of Hamilton deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions and keep vulnerable people safe.

“Since the start of the pandemic our government has assisted the City of Hamilton with funding to respond to the impacts of COVID-19,” said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “In addition to the delivery of critical services, the funding will protect Hamilton’s homeless shelter staff and residents, help with needed rent payments and may also be used to build affordable housing that can be quickly occupied.”

Today’s 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 (SSRF) announced in 2020- 2021, for a total support to communities of over $1 billion.

“Municipalities have been on the frontlines of Ontario’s pandemic response and vaccine rollout, while continuing to protect our most vulnerable populations, including homeless populations,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our government is committed to ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to keep their communities safe, and today’s funding will help our local partners deliver critical services, support vulnerable people, and unlock affordable housing in their 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.


  • Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund in March 2020 to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people during COVID-19.
  • Today’s province-wide investment includes $21 million of funding under the previously announced Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative (COCHI) that is being allocated to help support community housing.
  • As part of its Community Housing Renewal Strategy and response to COVID-19, Ontario is investing approximately $1.3 billion in 2021-2022 to help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness. This includes the Social Services Relief Fund.


  • Learn more about Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures