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Ontario announces COVID-19 relief fund to help vulnerable groups

Up to $40 million will be given to support organizations helping vulnerable populations across the province
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Ontario says it will be investing up to $40 million to support organizations helping vulnerable populations in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

According to a news release from the province, the COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund will support organizations providing residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities, and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing from domestic violence.

The release says this money will go towards additional staffing; residential respite for caregivers; personal protective equipment and supplies.

Todd Smith, the Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services, says our government is doing everything it can to help Ontario's most vulnerable get through this challenging time.

"I want to personally thank all the staff and managers who are working on the frontlines of the developmental services sector for keeping our most vulnerable citizens safe during this unprecedented time." said Smith in the release.

"You exemplify the true Ontario spirit each and every day."

Besides supporting healthcare workers, the release says the COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund will help provide flexibility while redirecting staff and financial resources to help keep individuals with developmental disabilities safe and out of hospitals.

The fund will also go towards initiatives to support physical distancing and transportation to minimize client exposure. Finally, money from the fund will also aid residential costs for woman fleeing domestic violence and human trafficking survivors.

"This is a trying time for everyone, as we continue to stay home to the spread of COVID-19, but we know that home isn't safe for everyone." said Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues, Jill Dunlop, in the release.

"That's why it's critical during this time that residential organizations for people fleeing violence have the security they need to continue supporting vulnerable women."



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