The Canadian Government recognizes the significant strain that COVID-19 has placed on individuals and families across the country. Many people are concerned about their physical and mental well being. Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help Canadians get back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.
Information about Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
Income Support Resources
The Canadian Government has launched a web-based benefits finder tool to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs:
Applying for Social Assistance (Ontario Works) & Ontario Emergency Care Benefit
Ontario is providing additional resources and expanding access to Emergency Assistance for those facing a COVID-19 related financial emergency by:
- Suspending the rule that limits emergency assistance provision to only once in a six-month period for individuals and families affected by COVID-19; and
- Allowing people to receive emergency assistance for longer (48 days) without submitting a full Ontario Works application.
Those who are already on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), tourists and visitors are not eligible. Individuals can apply for this assistance online at Ontario.ca/community or through local Ontario Works offices.
(Source: Ontario Government Press Release: March 23, 2020 - Changes to Ontario's Emergency Assistance Program in Response to COVID-19)