Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis

Published on April 08, 2020

Province commits over $1.3 million to Northumberland County to help food banks, emergency services,
homeless shelters, charities and non-profits

COBOURG, ON — The Ontario government is providing $1,397,700 to the County of Northumberland
to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak
of COVID-19.

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 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. Northumberland County 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 the most vulnerable in our communities, including those who are
reliant on our food banks for support during these unprecedented times. Our most vulnerable residents
depend on these local services and the Government of Ontario is stepping up to support these vital
services. My office is responding quickly to requests for additional funding from municipalities to address
the challenges they are facing in their shelter system right now. This investment will help address local
needs to better respond to this emergency situation.” David Piccini, MPP Northumberland-Peterborough

“This significant investment from the Province provides our community with the flexibility to focus on
services and supports that will deliver the greatest impact for people in need in Northumberland. Local
organizations are doing critical work to protect the health and well-being of our vulnerable populations.
This emergency assistance will reinforce community-based efforts to directly help those who need it
most, during this pandemic. We thank MPP Piccini and the Province for supporting these important
efforts to successfully flatten the curve.” Bob Sanderson, Warden, Northumberland County
This funding is a part of the broader $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. It is up to communities to respond best to their local needs.


 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.