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Emergency Community Support Fund

Tuesday April 21, 2020

The government has announced that it is developing a financial assistance program to help Non-Profit Organizations and Charities that have seen a severe drop in donations since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Community Support Fund will provide funding to small and medium-sized organizations, as well as large ones, including United Way Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Community Foundations of Canada.

The money will be used for, among other things, training volunteers, transportation for vulnerable people, home delivery of groceries and other services like tax-filing clinics for low-income earners so they can receive benefits.

  • Increasing volunteer-based home deliveries of groceries and medications
  • Providing transportation services, like accompanying or driving seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments
  • Scaling up helplines that provide information and support
  • Helping vulnerable Canadians access government benefits
  • Providing training, supplies, and other required supports to volunteers so they can continue to make their invaluable contributions to the COVID-19 response
  • Replacing in-person, one-on-one contact and social gatherings with virtual contact through phone calls, texts, teleconferences, or the Internet

This funding announced April 21 is in addition to the community support program launched April 4, 2020 provide financial support to the homeless, women’s shelters, children’s counseling, and local organizations that provide practical support to seniors, such as delivering groceries or medication.

Starting Monday, April 27, businesses, non-profits and charities can begin applying for the 75 percent wage subsidy. Information and the online application process are available HERE . An on-line calculator for eligible companies is also available here:  CEWS Calculator