Ontario Helps Protect Most Vulnerable People in Peel Region from COVID-19

Published on October 27, 2020

MPP Kaleed Rasheed announces social services relief funding to support Social Services Projects in Peel Region.

Mississauga – The Ontario government is providing municipalities and Indigenous community partners with over $241 million to help protect the province’s most vulnerable from COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Today MPP Kaleed Rasheed of Mississauga East-Cooksville announced that the Regional Municipality of Peel will receive $9,747,382 in social services relief operating funding for hotel overflow, food, linens, security, personal protective equipment, staffing and to support rent relief and drop-in services. Additionally, the funding includes capital funds for the acquisition of a property for an emergency family shelter and upgrades to existing shelters.

“Our government is investing in important projects like this to help protect our most vulnerable citizens from COVID-19,” said MPP Rasheed, “We’re working hand in hand with our partners to make sure they have the tools and flexibility they need to keep people safe.”

The provincial funding is part of the government’s $510 million investment to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people. Funding will be delivered through the Social Services Relief Fund and will go towards protecting and supporting homeless shelter staff and residents, creating or renovating over 1,500 housing units, expanding rent support programs and creating longer-term housing solutions.

“We know that our municipal and Indigenous partners are facing extraordinary challenges, which is why these significant investments are so important,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. “Our investments are helping to build longer-term solutions as well as meet ongoing, immediate needs related to COVID-19.”

“This funding of nearly $10 million to the Region of Peel builds on Phase 1 of the Social Services Relief Fund, which saw nearly $6 million allocated to the region and local service providers, including homeless shelters, food banks, and non-profits,” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “This has been a difficult year for all of us, but especially for our most vulnerable. This will funding will ensure that those in need get the supports they require and deserve both immediately and in the longer-term.”

“This funding could not have come at a better time. As we continue to be in a modified Stage 2 here in Peel and head into winter, the Region now has the funding it needs to deploy more resources to protect those most in need.” Said MPP Deepak Anand, of Mississauga-Malton.  “COVID-19 has underlined the need to create more housing support for our vulnerable populations, and this funding will help the Region of Peel build a new emergency shelter, upgrade existing ones and invest further in existing programs as we continue our battle against this deadly virus.”

“As we enter the second wave of COVID-19 in Peel, no one should have to worry about providing for themselves and their families,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “This investment of almost $10 million through the Social Services Relief Fund will help our local community organizations provide support to our most vulnerable families across the Region of Peel, including rent relief for over 600 households at risk of homelessness.”

“The Ontario Government understands that our municipal and Indigenous partners are facing extraordinary challenges during these trying times, and we will continue to work with local experts to ensure that they have the tools and flexibility needed to keep Ontarians safe,” said Amarjot Sandhu, MPP Brampton West. “To protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable from COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, our government is providing the Regional Municipality of Peel with over $9.7 million, which is part of our $510 million investment to help protect the health and safety of our most vulnerable.”

“It is exciting that the Region of Peel will have its full social services funding request approved, and it is exemplary of our government's commitment to communities of all shapes and sizes across the province.” Said MPP Natalia Kusendova, of Mississauga Centre, “This new funding of nearly 10 million dollars will support those most vulnerable in our communities, helping to fund family shelters and all of their associated costs to ensure they remain accessible to all that need them. I look forward to continuing to work for our community as our province recovers from COVID-19.”

“The government has been working hard to ensure that no one is left behind,” said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga - Erin Mills. “These investments to the region of Peel will help protect our community’s most vulnerable citizens from COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.”

The Social Services Relief Fund is part of the up to $4 billion being provided to Ontario municipalities under the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement. It will help municipalities protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario while delivering critical public services, such as public transit and shelters, as the province continues down the path of economic recovery.

QUICK FACTS

  • In March, Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund with an initial $148 million investmentto help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. In July, an additional $150 million was committed to helping improve shelters and create opportunities for longer-term housing. In August, Ontario committed another $212 million in funding, bringing the government’s assistance to service managers and Indigenous program administrators to $510 million.
  • Ontario’s service managers and Indigenous program administrators help provide shelter or housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, victims of domestic violence, and members of Indigenous communities who are in need.
  • In September, the Ontario government passed the Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, which freezes rent in 2021 for the vast majority of Ontario’s 1.7 million renters in both rent-controlled and non-rent-controlled residential units.

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