Ontario Protecting Peel’s Most Vulnerable During the COVID-19 CrisisPublished on April 02, 2020
$6 Million for the Region of Peel Will Help with the Delivery of Critical Support Services
PEEL — The Government of Ontario is providing $5,988,400 to the Regional Municipality of Peel through the $200 million Social Services Relief Fund to help protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
This funding can be used by the Region of Peel and local social service providers, including homeless shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities, and non-profits, to support:
- delivery of critical services,
- hiring additional staff,
- acquiring more personal protective equipment, and
- finding new ways to promote physical distancing to keep people safe and healthy.
The Region of Peel 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.”
“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, no one should have to worry about providing for themselves and their families,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “Our local community organizations are on the front lines of our emergency response throughout the Region of Peel, providing support to those who need it most. This funding will help them cope with growing demands under unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances.”
“It’s encouraging to see such leadership from the Government of Ontario, led by the Premier and supported by the work of Ministers Steve Clark, Christine Elliot, and Sylvia Jones, as well as our local MPPs,” said Nando Iannicca, Chair of the Regional Municipality of Peel. “Together, we’re ensuring much-needed services reach the most vulnerable in our community in this challenging time – doing everything possible to keep everyone safe and well.”
The Province 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.
“Now, more than ever, our communities are relying on local support services,” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “The nearly $6 million announced this week for Peel will allow for the community to benefit as soon as possible in a way that suits their needs.”
“Throughout these tough times, we have heard from shelters, food banks, and charities,” said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga-Erin Mills. “A $6 Million Dollar investment for Peel is significant and will help address the local need over the coming months to provide food and supplies, and to create shelters to keep up with the increasing need for larger capacities.”
“This immediate injection of funds allows the Region of Peel to help the most at-risk sections of our population, who have been hardest hit by this pandemic,” said Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton. “I know staff at our shelters, food banks, emergency services, non-profits and others are doing extraordinary work in these trying times. This funding will ease some of the pressure and will allow them to further support those most in need.”
- If you are in need of emergency assistance, please visit: Ontario.ca/Community.
- 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.
- For our latest e-newsletter on our local efforts to protect Ontarians from COVID-19, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan.
- To share your ideas and resources to help us fight COVID-19, visit Ontario Together.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP