What benefits are available during COVID-19?Updated January 10

The federal government and the Ontario government have announced several benefit programs to help people help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government offers these programs:

For more information about these federal benefits, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#individuals. If you have any questions, call Service Canada at 1-800-277-9914.

The Ontario government offers the following help:

Benefit Description Start and End date Notes
Emergency Assistance Available to people not on OW or ODSP. Ongoing This is short-term financial support if you're in a crisis or an emergency situation and don't have enough money for things like food and housing.

Apply online.

Electricity rates Residential customers, small businesses and farms will be charged the lowest rate of 8.2¢/kWh, 24 hours a day. From January 18, 2022 to February 8, 2022 This rate will automatically be applied to your bill.
Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) Monthly credit available to people with low incomes. Ongoing The credit you get depends on how many people live in your home and your combined household


Apply online.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) A grant of up to $1,000 for people who owe money on their electricity or gas bills. Ends December 31, 2022 Contact your gas or electricity service provider for more information. There are details about the program here.
OHIP The 3-month waiting period for OHIP coverage has been waived. Started March 19, 2020 Applies automatically.
Ontario Drug Benefit Program Available to households covered by the Trillium Drug Program (TDP) and whose household's income has decreased by 10% or more since 2018. Ongoing Get the Trillium Drug Program reassessment form. There are details about the program here.

For more information about these provincial benefits, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-people. If you have any questions, call Service Ontario at 1-866-532-3161.

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