The program includes Discretionary Health Benefits, Housing Stability Benefits, and an Emergency COVID-19 Benefit.
Discretionary Health Benefits support necessary health and safety needs and must:
Health-related services and items include:
The Assistive Devices Program must be used first for all eligible items. If you're receiving Ontario Works, you may qualify to receive the remaining balance.
For more information, contact the Assistive Devices Program at 1-800-268-6021.
Apply online for health and housing stability benefits. If you can't apply online, there are other ways you can apply.
If you're receiving Ontario Works benefits, contact your casemanager directly to request Housing Stability Benefits.
Learn how the portal works.
Funding is available to help pay for things like cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment or food due to COVID-19. Eligibility is based on identified emergency needs and is for those who aren't in receipt of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.
This benefit is a monthly payment of $100 for individuals and $200 per couple / family for up to three months (May, June and July 2020). If the benefit was received in March/April, it will automatically extend for three months if you're eligible for Ontario Works benefits and not in receipt of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.
Housing Stability Benefits help to cover overdue rent payments, moving or storage costs, or last month's rent.
Individuals or couples are eligible for a maximum of $900 per calendar year. Families with children are eligible for a maximum of $1600 per calendar year.
Requests for Housing Stability Benefits must be:
This benefit may be considered if you're homeless, in an emergency shelter, or moving due to:
The portal is fast, easy and secure way to apply online for discretionary and housing stability benefits. You can apply anytime, anywhere and on any device.
To register, you must have a valid email address. Once registered, you can: