Policy Updates


COVID-19 Funding for Indigenous Communities

The Province announced $37.8 million in funding to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation efforts for Indigenous people and communities, particularly those in remote and far-northern regions....

Province Providing One-time Financial Assistance to Parents During School and Child Care Closures

The Ontario government is offering direct financial support to parents while Ontario schools and child care centres remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more in their news release.

Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

The Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close effective Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Read more in their news release....

Ontario Releases Economic and Fiscal Update in Place of Full Budget

In place of the full budget release, the Province delivered an Economic and Fiscal update detailing new funding and initiatives in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more.

New Funding To Support Municipalities During COVID-19

The Ontario government is providing $200 million in social services relief funding for municipalities, food banks, homeless shelters and individuals in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Learn more...

Ontario to Open Select Child Care Centres across the Province

In order to support health care and frontline workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario plans to exempt certain child care centres from the order to close all licensed child care centres pursuant to...

Federal Government Announces New COVID-19 Economic Response Measures

The Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, including new income support measures for those most in need. Read more in their...

Memo from MCCSS to OW Administrators: COVID-19 Measures for Social Assistance

The Province shared details on temporary measures, effective immediately, to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on social assistance clients and administrators. Read more in their memo (PDF).

Ontario Declares State of Emergency to Protect Public from COVID-19

The Province has enacted new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people, and a number of mandated closures, including EarlyON centres and licensed...

Statement from Province on Social Services Sector's Response to COVID-19

The Province shared guidance for social service providers in light of COVID-19, recommending that service providers (where feasible) consider only allowing essential visitors, and undertake a screening...