County of Simcoe to see $4.6 million rolling in to help cover critical care costs

Funding part of a $307 million increase out of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs

The County of Simcoe is getting a fiscal shot in the arm to help on the affordable housing front.

The Ontario Government is committing $4.6 million to the County to help cover critical services costs, create longer-term housing solutions, and keep vulnerable citizens safe. This is part of an additional $307 million coming from the province to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners.

According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the funding can be used to protect homeless shelter staff and residents, add to rent banks, build affordable housing, and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks or emergencies.

“We thank the Government of Ontario for investing in Simcoe County and providing further assistance to support our most vulnerable residents,” said County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell. “The pandemic has brought on new challenges and increased demand for attainable housing, and we’re grateful for the continued support of our area MPPs, the Ministry and Province as we all work towards keeping our residents safe.”

Today’s province-wide announcement of an additional $307 million includes $21 million of funding under the previously announced Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative that is being allocated to help support community housing.