Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis

Published on April 02, 2020

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON — The Ontario government is providing over $5 million to the City of London and City of St. Thomas  to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Allocation details are as follows:


  • City of London: 3,475,300
  • City of St. Thomas: 1,787,000


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. The City of St. Thomas and the City of London 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.”


“I am proud that our government is providing this critical support to our most vulnerable community members at this time,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “I know that municipalities are facing unique challenges and needs and will continue to do whatever I can to ensure that those needs are met.”

We are 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.




  •     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.