Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis

Published on April 03, 2020

Additional funding for Kenora-Rainy River Will Help Critical Support Services 

KENORA-RAINY RIVER — The Ontario government is providing over $2 million dollars in additional support for local social service boards in Kenora-Rainy River 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. Kenora District Services Board and Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board 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 those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless during this unprecedented time,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This funding is going straight to communities, who know best what the immediate needs are on the ground.”

 “Additional funding for social services is critical right now to protect vulnerable populations and the greater community against the spread of COVID-19,” said MPP Greg Rickford. “Our government has taken swift action to ensure this funding goes directly to our community service boards who are working tirelessly to keep people safe during this unprecedented time.”

We are providing $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. For example, this funding could be used for emergency loans for people having a hard time paying rent. It is up to communities to respond to local needs.


  • This money is part of Ontario’s $200 million services relief funding to help protect the province's most vulnerable people.
  • Visit Ontario’s website to take the online COVID-19 assessment or to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.