IMPORTANT NOTE: Services may be impacted in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please contact agencies or programs listed on this page prior to visiting in person to receive up to date information on their services (eg. wait times, hours of operation etc…).

COVID-19 Financial Relief

Site: Halton

Memos and Bulletins
Public Comments If you have an Emergency, please call 9-1-1 (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 
 
Non-Emergency 
Halton Regional Police Service: 905-825-4777 (non-emergency) 
Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722 
Halton Region Public Health, toll free 1-866-442-5866 or 905 825-6000 or 3-1-1 
Telehealth Ontario, toll free 1-866-797-0000 
Health Canada's Novel Coronavirus Information Line, toll-free 1-833-784-4397 
 
Other COVID-19 support for residents of Halton 
* COVID-19 Information Sources 
* COVID-19 Community Support 
* COVID-19 Emergency Food Programs 
* COVID-19 Where to Donate 
* COVID-19 Mental Health & Well-being Resources 
* COVID-19 Support for Front Line Workers 
 
The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly * information will be added to this listing as it becomes available
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) FEDERAL PROGRAMS 
 
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan * see website for details 
 
All in-person Service Canada Centres are closed until further notice * access programs and services online 
 
 
Support for Individuals 
 
Find financial help during COVID-19 here 
 
Individuals and families: 
* temporary wage top-up for low-income essential workers 
* increasing the Canada Child Benefit: up to an extra $300 per child delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May (those receiving the CCB do not need to re-apply * to apply, see here 
* special Goods and Services Tax credit payment: one-time payment for low- and modest-income families (for more information see here
* extra time to file income tax returns: due date for 2019 returns has been deferred until Jun 1 (see here for more income tax filing and payment dates
* mortgage payment deferral (see here for more information) 
 
People facing loss of income: 
* Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers (for more information on eligibility and how to apply see here or call toll free 1‑800‑959‑2019 or 1‑800‑959‑2041) 
* Employment Insurance (EI): for up-to-date information, including information about EI Sickness Benefits and EI Sickness Benefits Due to Quarantine, visit Service Canada's website 
 
Seniors: 
* reduced minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (see here for more information on RRIFs) 
* one-time tax free payment: $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) 
 
Students and recent graduates: 
* Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB): provides $1,250 per month for eligible students or $2,000 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities who are not eligible for the CERB or EI (for more information on eligibility and how to apply, see here
* suspending repayment and interest on student and apprentice loans until Sep 30 (for more information see the National Student Loans Service Centre website
 
 
Support for Businesses 
 
Find financial help during COVID-19 here 
* see Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more details 
 
 
Support for Sectors 
 
See Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more details 
 
 
 
PROVINCIAL PROGRAMS 
 
COVID-19 Emergency Assistance:  
* short-term financial support for those in a crisis or an emergency situation to assist with rent and food, for example 
* for eligibility and how to apply, see here 
* if you require assistance for a month or longer, apply for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program 
 
Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS):  
* for seniors receiving payment 
* payments will be doubled automatically for the next 6 months, beginning with the Apr 24 payment 
 
Ontario Energy Board: 
* COVID-19 Recovery Rate: fixed rate of 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour Mon-Sun 24 hrs, Jun 1- Oct 31 (rate will be automatically applied * time-of-use rates remain suspended) 
* electricity disconnection ban extended: disconnection for non-payment has been banned for residential and low-volume, small business customers until Jul 31 
* bill assistance programs for low-income consumers including the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP - application available by May 15), Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP - monthly on-bill credit for electricity), and Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP - one-time emergency grant for electricity or natural gas bill) 
* for more information see here 
 
Support for Families: 
* funding to offset the cost of buying materials to support children’s learning 
* eligible parents receive a one-time per child payment of $200 for children aged 0-12 or $250 for children or youth aged 0-21 with special needs 
* for eligibility and how to apply, see here 
 
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP): 
* three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage has been waived 
* those who do not met OHIP coverage criteria and are uninsured will have the cost of COVID-19 services funded by the province 
* currently expired or soon-to-be expired health cards do not need to be renewed to receive access to health services 
* for more information see here 
 
 
 
OTHER ASSISTANCE 
 
Legal Information: 
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO):  
* practical answers to questions about the law relating to the COVID-19 situation, including employment and work, family law, housing law, and income assistance 
* updates about changes to government programs and court services 
* for more, see the Steps to Justice website 
 
Halton Community Legal Services, 905-875-2069 
 
Legal Aid Ontario, 1-800-668-8258 
 
Utilities Relief: 
For more information on gas companies' responses to COVID-19, see Union/Enbridge Gas 
 
For more information on hydro companies' responses to COVID-19, see: Burlington Hydro * Halton Hills Hydro * Milton Hydro * Oakville Hydro * Hydro One 
 
For more information on telecommunication companies' responses to COVID-19, see: Bell * Cogeco * Rogers * Shaw * Telus
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program, contact for details
Application Call for information
Languages English ; French
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Address & Map
Halton Region, ON
 
View Google Map
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading COVID-19 ; Employment / Training ; Income Programs
HCSD Sub Heading Assistance Programs ; COVID-19 Information & Resources ; Employer Staffing Assistance ; Self Employment / Entrepreneurship ; Social Assistance
Service Categories Business Financing ~ COVID-19 ; Canada Emergency Response Benefit ; Disaster Related Cash Grants ~ COVID-19 ; Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance ~ COVID-19 ; Utility Assistance ~ COVID-19 ; Wage Subsidy Funds ~ COVID-19

Agency Overview


Any omissions are unintentional and HIP disclaims any liability for unauthorized use or reproduction of any portion of this site. For a complete copyright and license statement please refer to our Terms of Use.