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Emergency Assistance

If you are in an emergency situation and you live in Ontario, you might be eligible for Emergency Assistance


You may qualify if you live in Ontario (not a visitor or tourist), are in a crisis or emergency situation, and do not have enough money for things like food and housing. For example, a crisis or emergency includes situations where you:

  • have been affected by COVID-19 
  • are being evicted from your home
  • are in or are leaving an abusive relationship 
  • are worried about your safety

You are not eligible if you are:

  • getting assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program

Apply for emergency assistance | Ontario.ca

Temporary Care Assistance

If you are an adult and you are temporarily responsible for the care of a child who is in financial needs, you may be eligible for temporary care assistance on their behalf.

Apply for temporary care assistance (gov.on.ca)

Or contact our office  by calling 519-376-7112 ext 1320

211 (Local Services)

211 helps people find services in their community. In Canada, 211 offers live answer service 24/7. The number is free to call and interpreters are available in more than 170 languages.

Helpline in Ontario

Satellite Offices

Durham - Satellite Office

Durham Resource Centre
575 Saddler Street East
Durham ON  N0G 1R0

Hanover - Satellite Office

286 - 10th Street
Hanover ON  N4N 1P2

This office will be closed on Fridays throughout July and August 2019.

Markdale - Satellite Office

South East Grey Community Health Centre
55 Victoria Ave,

Open Monday to Friday.

Owen Sound - Satellite Office

Unit 3 - 888 Alpha Street, Owen Sound
Park in the parking lot beside the old Medical Centre; walk towards the back of the property towards the park. Unit 888 is located in the units facing north and south.

Meaford - Satellite Office

Victoria Village Resource Centre
Unit 3, 80 Victoria Street, Meaford
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed noon to 1:00 p.m.)



Andrea Brendel
Ontario Works Manager
Barb Fedy
Director of Social Services
Elizabeth Brims
Ontario Works Manager
Melissa McCulloch
Ontario Works Manager
Melissa Hill
Ontario Works Manager


Social Services
595 9th Avenue East
Owen Sound Ontario N4K 3E3
Phone: 519-376-7324
Hours: Monday - Friday (8:30 - 4:30)