To help protect some of Ontario’s most vulnerable people, the province is providing $40 million specifically to support residential service providers through the COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund (CRRF).

The CRRF will help to address financial and service delivery pressures that agencies are feeling during this time. These funds will help to manage the health and safety of children, youth and adults supported in residential settings, as well as the staff who support them.

Agencies also will have the financial flexibility agencies to shift funding within their organization and across program areas to focus on critical services and needs in relation to COVID-19. 

Funding will be provided upon request to agencies with residential service programs.


The following would be eligible for CRRF:

  • Children’s residential services, including residential programs for Complex Special Needs, Child Welfare, Youth Justice, out-of-home respite for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities, and children’s developmental services
  • Gender-based violence residential programming, including Anti-Human Trafficking and Violence Against Women
  • Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy residential programming
  • Intervenor services
  • Adult Developmental Services residential supports.

Funding should be requested through a Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services regional or corporate office.

Scope of Funding

CRRF funding is to be used as needed to support the health and safety of clients and staff at this time.

Requests that align with the scope of the CRRF, which are determined to be appropriate, will be approved for 30-day increments at a time.

The following types of exceptional costs can be covered through CRRF:

  • additional staffing
  • residential respite for caregivers
  • personal protective equipment and supplies
  • costs to support physical distancing and transportation to minimize client exposure
  • additional cleaning costs.


For questions or additional information, agencies should contact their ministry Program Supervisor/MCCSS Contact.