Published: April 7, 2020

For Immediate Release

April 7, 2020


Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis


OWEN SOUND - The Ontario government is providing a total of $3,206,500 to Grey and Bruce Counties to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.


Through the program, Grey County will receive $2,312,900 and Bruce County will receive $893,600.


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 the 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. Grey and Bruce Counties 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 Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This funding is going straight to communities, who know best what the immediate needs are on the ground.”


“We are providing $148 million to local service managers and Indigenous program administrators all across Ontario to give them the flexibility to expand the key services they already offer to meet their local needs,” said Walker. “This investment will allow communities to expand their services, based on local needs, so they can better respond to this emergency situation.”




  • 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.

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