Ontario Government Commits $1.3 Million To Northumberland County Protecting Most Vulnerable from COVID-19

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Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis Province commits over $1.3 million to Northumberland County to help food banks, emergency services, homeless shelters, charities and non-profits

The Ontario government is providing $1,397,700 to the County of Northumberland to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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. Northumberland County 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 the most vulnerable in our communities, including those who are reliant on our food banks for support during these unprecedented times. Our most vulnerable residents depend on these local services and the Government of Ontario is stepping up to support these vital services. My office is responding quickly to requests for additional funding from municipalities to address the challenges they are facing in their shelter system right now. This investment will help address local needs to better respond to this emergency situation.” David Piccini, MPP Northumberland-Peterborough South

“This significant investment from the Province provides our community with the flexibility to focus on services and supports that will deliver the greatest impact for people in need in Northumberland. Local organizations are doing critical work to protect the health and well-being of our vulnerable populations. This emergency assistance will reinforce community-based efforts to directly help those who need it most, during this pandemic. We thank MPP Piccini and the Province for supporting these important efforts to successfully flatten the curve.” Bob Sanderson, Warden, Northumberland County

This funding is a part of the broader $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. It is up to communities to respond best to their local needs.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

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