Ontario Continues to Protect Homeless Shelters Against COVID-19

The Ontario government is providing an additional $1,981,681 in new provincial funding to help the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County respond to an increase in COVID-19 cases in some emergency shelters and help keep vulnerable people safe.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Service Manager is responsible for the administration of Social Services programs in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County. The City of Kawartha Lakes has now received a total of $5,944,630 for all three phases of the Social Services Relief Fund to support local vulnerable populations during COVID-19.

“This new additional funding of $1,981,681 will continue to support and protect homeless shelter residents and staff while helping prevent more people from becoming homeless,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “We are working closer than ever with our community partners to ensure they have the resources and space to help keep people safe during these difficult times.”

Today’s announcement is part of the province’s additional $255 million investment  through the Social Services Relief Fund. Provincial service managers and Indigenous program partners can use the funding to acquire motel and hotel spaces to support physical distancing of shelter residents, hire more shelter staff, purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies, and add to rent and utility banks to prevent more people from becoming homeless.

“We are pleased to see the continued support of the Province as this pandemic situation continues.  This additional SSRF funding will provide us with the means to assist the most vulnerable in our community particularly those that find themselves without a home,” said Hope Lee, Manager, Human Services (Housing). 

“Our government is once again taking immediate action to save lives by responding to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some emergency shelters across the province,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This investment will ensure our municipal service managers can keep vulnerable people and shelter workers safe by providing them with the financial ability to take any means necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 in shelter spaces.”

Under the Social Services Relief Fund, Ontario has provided $765 million to help service managers and Indigenous program partners support shelters, create longer-term housing solutions and help vulnerable Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


  • 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.
  • As part of its Community Housing Renewal Strategy and response to COVID-19, Ontario is investing approximately $1.75 billion in 2020-2021 to help sustain, repair and grow community housing and help end homelessness. This includes the Social Services Relief Fund.



Announcing Phase 2 SSRF Funding at A Place Called Home in Lindsay (October 2020)