COVID-19 Support Programs

If you have submitted an application to MNO's COVID-19 Emergency Support Programs please know that our staff is working to provide citizens and families with help as quickly as possible. An intake coordinator will be in contact. We are managing a very high volume of calls and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

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The Métis Nation of Ontario has created several COVID-19 Emergency Financial Support Programs to provide supplemental emergency financial supports for citizen’s and their families. These emergency supports are in place to help bridge the transition to the Federal Government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). APPLY NOW: https://covid.metisnation.org


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COVID-19 SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT PROGRAM

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has put in place several COVID-19 Emergency Financial Support Programs to assist MNO Citizens and families affected by the pandemic. To this roster the MNO has added a Special Needs Support Program

Through the Special Needs Support Program MNO Citizens with children aged 0-21 years with special needs can receive a one-time benefit of $500 per child  up to a maximum of $2,000 per family to provide assistance during this time of physical distancing. This benefit is limited to one per household

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Parent or Child must be a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario and reside in Ontario
    • A copy of MNO citizenship must be included
  • Child(ren) must:
    • Have a special need diagnosis
    • Be 0-21 years
    • Please note: Families with children aged 0-12 also qualify for the MNO Family Emergency Fund, Technology Fund, and Food Security Fund.
  • Provide proof of child(ren)’s age (i.e. copy of a birth certificate, passport, heath card, etc.)
  • Supporting documentation that confirm your child’s diagnosis. Approved documentation includes:
    • Letter from your child’s doctor or psychologist confirming your child’s diagnosis
    • Psychological Assessment
    • Proof that your child qualifies for the Disability Tax Credit (you can provide a screen shot from Revenue Canada indicating your child is entitled to the Disability Tax Credit)
    • Official Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) letter from your child’s District School Board
  • Must not be receiving emergency support from any other provincial Métis Government

Funds will be paid to MNO Citizens via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Please attach a void cheque or direct deposit slip to your application.

Citizens can apply at https://covid.metisnation.org by indicating the number of children with disabilities on the online application form.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY INCOME AND RENT RELIEF

Two new relief programs are available through the MNO COVID19- Emergency Financial Support Programs. The MNO Income Relief Benefit and the MNO Rent Relief Benefit.

The Rent Relief Benefit will provide a one-time benefit to MNO Citizen households, to a maximum of $1,000, to assist in paying rent costs as they transition to CERB and other supports. This benefit is limited to one per household and can be combined with the MNO Emergency Income Relief Benefit.

The Emergency Income Relief Benefit provides a one-time benefit to MNO Citizens, to a maximum of $750, to assist in paying for expenses such as food or medicine as they transition to CERB and other supports. This benefit is also limited to one per household. 

These two benefits are available to MNO Citizens who have lost income since March 15, 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

Those who qualify for these two supports include those experiencing:

  • Layoff or job loss
  • Reduction in work hours
  • Quarantine or self-isolating 
  • Loss of self-employment 
  • Loss of income because of caring for someone who is sick due to COVID-19
  • Loss of income due to the need to stay home with children due to school closures

While the MNO understands that everyone is experiencing hardships during this unprecedented situation, only those who fall within the parameters above are eligible to receive these funds.

In order to qualify for these benefits, citizens must provide:

  • A copy of MNO Citizenship Card 
  • A Record of Employment (ROE) - or - proof of lay-off/job loss - or - proof of reduced work hours
  • Self-employed applicants: a Declaration of Self-Employed Income Declaration Form 
  • A void cheque or direct deposit slip for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

For those applying for the Rent Relief Benefit two further documents must be provided:

  • Proof of tenancy (copy of lease - or - letter from landlord)
  • Proof of current rent amount (recent rent receipt (within last 2 months) - or - letter from landlord)

Social Assistance and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients should be aware that these benefits may affect their social assistance benefits and are suggested to inquiry with their case worker before applying.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS

For citizen’s with children, there are further benefits that offer help during the pandemic.

For Citizens with children aged 0-12, the MNO is offering the MNO Emergency Family Fund. Families may be eligible to receive a one-time benefit of $500 per child, up to a maximum of $2,000, to aid during this time of physical distancing.  This benefit is limited to one per household.

For Citizens with children aged 0–6, the MNO has the MNO Food Security Fund for Children. Families can receive up to $600 (based on $200 monthly for three months) to purchase food to support child nutrition. This benefit is limited to one per household.

For Citizens with children aged 0-6, the MNO has the MNO Technology Fund for ChildrenFamilies can receive a one-time benefit of $500 per Métis family to assist in the purchasing of technology for their children aged 0-6 to support learning at home. Technology can include, but is not limited to, laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, headphones, software, and apps. This benefit is limited to one per household.

To qualify for these MNO COVID-19 Emergency Family Support Programs:

  • Parent or Child must be a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario and reside in Ontario
  • Child(ren) must be:
    • between the ages of 0-12 years for Emergency Family Fund and/or 
    • between the ages of 0-6 years for the Food Security and the Technology Fund
  • Provide proof of child(ren)’s age (i.e. copy of birth certificate, passport, heath card, etc.)
  • Must not be receiving emergency support from any other Métis Government

These funds will be dispersed through electronic funds transfer for all who qualify. Applications can be submitted via the MNO Website.

For those who may not qualify for financial assistance detailed above the MNO is offering other ways to help. Please contact our toll-free number at 1-800-263-4889 or via email covidhelp@metisnation.org.

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Posted April 7, 2020

 

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