The province of Ontario has entered Step 1 of its re-opening plans.
County offices will be closed until Step 3, and services will be delivered remotely (phone, email, video calls). See below for details.
Find detailed information about the province-wide measures here.
Grey County Services
County Offices Remain Closed
The province of Ontario has entered Step 1 of its Roadmap to Reopen. Grey County offices will remain closed until Step 3. Services will continue to be provided remotely.
Many program applications and services can be accessed online or over the phone.
Long-Term Care Homes
Visitor Restrictions at Long-Term Care Homes
Grey County Long-Term Care, in consultation with the Grey Bruce Health Unit, are following Ministry directions to enhance infection control measures in our homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Essential visitors are permitted in County homes (Grey Gables in Markdale, Rockwood Terrace in Durham, and Lee Manor in Owen Sound). The ministry is identifying essential visitors as those who have a resident who is dying or very ill.
Outdoor, Electronic and Window Visits are available by contacting the home, or by using the online booking form for Grey Gables, Lee Manor or Rockwood Terrace.
Designated Care Partners are permitted provided there is no outbreak in the home. A Designated Care Partner is more than a visitor; they support the health and wellbeing of a resident. To learn more, contact your resident's home.
Grey County continues to follow all other guidelines for visitation and absence, as regulated by the Ministry.
Children's Services (Child Care / EarlyOn Centres)
Licensed Child Care
Grey County is following Provincial directions and is supporting licensed child care centres and home child care providers. We ask families for their patience and understanding as operators take the necessary steps to operate safely.
EarlyON Child and Family Centres Closed
EarlyON Child and Family Centres are offering virtual programing and in-person programs when possible. You can find updates, activities and resources for each location on their Facebook pages found on the EarlyOn Calendar page.
Provincial Offences Court
Provincial Offences Court Closure
Provincial Offences is currently closed until further notice. All matters will be heard by Zoom. Please call 519-376-3470 for the Zoom details for your court date. Remote ticket payment is still available.
For further information please call our office at 519-376-3470 or visit our Provincial Offences webpage.
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
Grey Roots remains temporarily closed to the public. When it reopens, visitors will be welcomed for limited-time blocks, which can be reserved in advance. Visitors will be required to self-screen on entry and face coverings are required inside buildings.
See more here: greyroots.com
Financial Help During COVID-19
Caseworkers in Grey County are here to help and are available to provide information about what program or benefit may best suit individual or family needs.
Ontario Disability Support Program - 519-376-1951
Social Assistance Online Application - Social Assistance Online
Emergency Assistance Online Application - Emergency Assistance Online
Emergency Assistance (for people not in receipt of OW/ODSP)
The eligibility criteria for Emergency Assistance has been expanded. It is available for those facing a crisis or emergency who have no immediate access to other supports. This assistance can be a bridge for those who are waiting for COVID-19 supports from the federal government (CERB, EI) and is temporary in nature. Emergency Assistance rates are based on provincial Ontario Works rates.
To apply for this benefit, please contact your local office at the numbers provided above. You can also apply through the Emergency Assistance Online application.
Ontario Works (OW)
Basic financial assistance may be available to assist with costs of basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter including health benefits and employment assistance for eligible individuals/families. More information about Ontario Works along with assistance rates can be found at Ontario Works Eligibility.
To apply for this benefit, please contact your local office at the numbers provided above. A complete online application is also available at Social Assistance Online.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) & Social Assistance
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit has closed (federal government’s website).
The Government of Canada announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new recovery benefits.
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide eligible workers with $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks for those who have stopped working and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in two-week periods.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.
Find Community Resources
Municipal Partner Websites
211 and Other Community Resources
211 Community Resources
211 Ontario is your primary source of information on government and community-based social services. Services offered to respond to COVID-19 include live online chat, a comprehensive website, and phone support. Find them all here.
Community and Food-Related Resources
The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force has links to information about community food services and updates to services and hours of operations at local food retailers. Click here for Community Food Resources
Resources for Newcomers
Instructions from United Way Bruce Grey on how to use google to translate into any language, and links to specific supports for newcomers.
How To Help
Support Grey County Business
Want to help Grey County Thrive? You can start by supporting locally owned businesses.
Do you have skills and time to share? Add your name to the list at TheDo to be matched to tasks and people in the community.
Ontario is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment for redistribution.