Ont. government announces COVID-19 support and measures

The Ontario government announces measures to support individuals, families, communities and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


May 2021

  • Friends and family can now visit long-term care homes to see residents for an outdoor visit. Read more
  • Support for nearly 400 innovative projects on virtual learning at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes. Read more

April 2021

  • More than $42 million to help 559 non-profit organizations across the province to support staff and volunteers. Read more
  • Emergency child care for critical frontline workers. Read more
  • Extended support for long-term care and retirement homes. Read more
  • Province to reimburse employers for up to three paid leave days related to COVID-19 for every employee. Read more

March 2021 

  • Federal government announces $4.8 million to support women-led businessesRead more 
  • $255 million to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners respond to an increase in cases in emergency shelters. Read more 
  • $14.3 million in 2020–2021 to support nearly 300 Seniors Active Living Centres. These programs will deliver new virtual initiatives to help keep seniors safe and socially connected as they continue to self-isolate due to COVID-19. Read more 
  • Release of Ontarios Action Plan: Protecting Peoples Health and Our Economy. The 2021 Budget is the next phase of Ontarios response to COVID-19 and is the second Budget the government has delivered during the pandemic. Read more 
  • Over $1.2 billion to help Ontarios public hospitals recover from financial pressures. Read more 
  • $106.4 million to help publicly assisted colleges and universities address the financial impacts of COVID-19. Read more 
  • $239 million to extend temporary wage enhancements for personal support workers and direct support workers in publicly funded home and community care, long-term care, public hospitals, and social services sectors. Read more 
  • $980 million in direct support as part of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit. Under this new round of funding, payments will be doubled to $400 per child and $500 for a child with special needs to help offset additional learning costs. Read more 

February 2021

  • $4.5 million to support projects focused on helping older adults stay connected with their communities while self-isolating. Read more
  • $7 million to help increase access to mental health and addiction services for post-secondary students during COVID-19. Read more
  • Extension of the Ontario Community Support Program (OCSP) until 2022 to ensure that low-income seniors and people with disabilities have access to food, medicine and other essentials during COVID-19. Read more

January 2021

  • Expanded eligibility for emergency child care during extended remote learning period. Read more
  • Ontario government highlights supports and services available to seniors and people with disabilities. Read more

December 2020 

  • More than $115 million to help patients across the province remain in their homes. Read more
  • Short-term support to an additional 20 long-term care and retirement homes. Read more
  • Nearly $41 million to help 486 non-profit organizations across the province to rebuild and recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Read more
  • $77 million in funding through the redesigned Second Career grant program. Read more

November 2020 

  • Release of Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover – the next phase of the action plan to respond to COVID-19 impacts. Read more
  • $380 million in financial relief for families facing new education-related expenses. Read more
  • Launch of the Ontario Workforce Reserve for Senior Support, a new program focused on recruiting, training and deploying individuals as Resident Support Aides to work at long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

October 2020  

  • $26.6 million in federal and provincial funding to further protect Ontario agri-food workers. Read more  
  • Federal government increases support in Ontario for child and youth victims of abuse and violence. Read more 
  • Allocation of $35 million to enhance public health measures and protection strategies in schoolsRead more 
  • As of October 7, 2020, general visitors will not be allowed in long-term care homes in certain communities. Only essential visitors, including up to one caregiver per resident, will be allowed to visit. Read more  
  • $461 million to temporarily enhance wages for personal support workers. Read more
  • $241 million to help more than 110,000 Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Read more  

September 2020

  • Update to long-term care homes visitor policies to accommodate caregivers. Read more
  • Additional $14.75 million to increase access to mental health and addictions services across the province. Read more
  • Extension of the Ontario Community Support Program until March 2021, which ensures that low-income seniors and people with disabilities can continue to get meals and other essential supplies delivered to their homes. Read more
  • New short-term Northern Ontario Recovery Program (NORP) to help businesses adapt to public health guidelines and protect employees and customers. Read more
  • Investment of $52.5 million to recruit, retain and support over 3,700 more frontline health care workers and caregivers. Read more
  • Development of a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan. Read more
  • Close to $540 million to protect residents, caregivers, and staff in long-term care homes. Read more

August 2020

  • Ontario outlines investments and resources to support the return to school. Read more
  • Grants available to support non-profit organizations that provide vital services. Read more
  • Up to $1.6 billion for municipalities in the first round of emergency funding. Read more
  • Additional steps to better protect students and staff. Read more
  • Over $230 million to support reopening of child care and early years programs. Read more

July 2020

  • $150 million to develop housing solutions for municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners. Read more
  • $110,000 to deliver online tools and resources that will support Indigenous businesses. Read more
  • Launch of independent long-term care COVID-19 commission. Read more 
  • Support for small business tenants and landlords extended. Read more

June 2020

  • Resumption of family visits in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings. Read more
  • $15 million to support agri-food workers. Read more
  • $1 million to improve access to healthy meals and snacks for school-age children and youth. Read more
  • Up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium-sized businesses. Read more

May 2020

  • Declaration of emergency extended. Read more
  • $1 million to help front-line agencies adapt to remote service delivery to support those experiencing gender-based violence. Read more
  • $2.25 million to help farmers better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy food products. Read more
  • Expansion of virtual mental health services during COVID-19. Read more
  • The federal and Ontario governments take additional steps to protect agri-food workers.
  • Voluntary redeployment of education workers to fill staffing shortages. Read more
  • Ontario announces launch of an independent commission into the province’s long-term care system. Read more
  • Reduced financial barriers for full-time students attending postsecondary education. Read more
  • Amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 to better protect seniors. Read more 

April 2020

  • New $50 million Ontario Together Fund will support the development of essential equipment and supplies. Read more
  • $4 million to support victims of crime and protect front-line justice staff. Read more
  • Emergency funding of up to $12 million to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports and $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers. Read more
  • New measures to protect seniors in retirement homes. Read more
  • Launch of new web portal to connect workers with employers looking to fill positions in the agri-food sector. Read more
  • Up to $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence. Read more
  • New Support for Families initiative offers direct financial support to parents while Ontario schools and child care centres remain closed. Read more
  • Deferment of $15 million in property taxes for people and businesses in parts of Northern Ontario. Read more
  • Over $37 million to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation efforts to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous people and communities. Read more
  • Launch of a new Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to plan for post-pandemic growth. Read more
  • Ontario government partners with volunteer hub to help seniors and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self isolate. Read more
  • Expanded and enhanced COVID-19 testing strategy. Read more
  • Temporary prevention of child care centres from collecting payments from parents. Read more
  • Emergency orders extended. Read more
  • Action plan and new emergency order to protect those in long-term care homes. Read more
  • New temporary emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection ActRead more
  • $1 million in new funding to support efforts that match employers with job-seekers in the agri-food sector. Read more
  • $2.5 million to grow agri-food e-business during COVID-19. Read more
  • Release of A Framework for Reopening Our ProvinceRead more
  • Expansion of the list of essential workers eligible to receive free emergency child care. Read more

March 2020

  • Ontario enacts declaration of emergency. Read more
  • First phase of Learn at Home launched, a new online portal that will provide resources for students and families. Read more
  • The Ontario government waives three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage and will cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage. Read more
  • $200 million in social services relief funding to support municipalities, food banks, homeless shelters and individuals. Read more
  • Implementation of enhanced measures to protect the safety of residents in long-term care homes. Read more
  • $3.3 billion to support front-line health care workers and increase health care capacity. Read more
  • $243 million fund will create additional surge capacity in long-term care homes, while supporting 24/7 screening, more staffing, supplies and equipment. Read more
  • $10 million to help community organizations with the coordination of subsidized deliveries of meals, medicines and other necessities to seniors. Read more
  • Temporary deferment of payments for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans. Read more

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