Policy Updates


Ontario Releases Economic and Fiscal Update in Place of Full Budget

In place of the full budget release, the Province delivered an Economic and Fiscal update detailing new funding and initiatives in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more.

New Funding To Support Municipalities During COVID-19

The Ontario government is providing $200 million in social services relief funding for municipalities, food banks, homeless shelters and individuals in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Learn more...

Ontario to Open Select Child Care Centres across the Province

In order to support health care and frontline workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario plans to exempt certain child care centres from the order to close all licensed child care centres pursuant to...

Federal Government Announces New COVID-19 Economic Response Measures

The Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, including new income support measures for those most in need. Read more in their...

Memo from MCCSS to OW Administrators: COVID-19 Measures for Social Assistance

The Province shared details on temporary measures, effective immediately, to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on social assistance clients and administrators. Read more in their memo (PDF).

Ontario Declares State of Emergency to Protect Public from COVID-19

The Province has enacted new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people, and a number of mandated closures, including EarlyON centres and licensed...

Statement from Province on Social Services Sector's Response to COVID-19

The Province shared guidance for social service providers in light of COVID-19, recommending that service providers (where feasible) consider only allowing essential visitors, and undertake a screening...

Province Introduces Proposed Changes to Ontario's Rental Rules

The Province introduced legislation that would make changes to Ontario's rental rules, aiming to strengthen protections for both tenants and landlords. Read more.

Provincial Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking

The Province has released a five-year strategy designed to combat human trafficking and child sexual exploitation across Ontario, including a new investment of $307 million to implement key facets of the...

Province Releases Details on Mental Health and Addictions Plan

The Province released its Roadmap to Wellness: A Plan to Build Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions System, laying out the framework for Ontario's mental health and addictions system. Read more.