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Employment & Social Services COVID-19 Response

Individuals or families who receive Ontario Works Assistance and who have additional expenses related to the pandemic should contact their Case Manager during regular business hours for help with these costs.  Your worker can also assist you with applying for the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance or help you find information on other new programs related to COVID-19.

The province has set up automatic payments of discretionary funds for those who received them in March or April 2020 to pay monthly through July.  If you have not received these funds please call your worker.  Individuals receiving the CERB benefit may not be eligible.

Individual or families who are in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) assistance that have additional expenses due to the pandemic should contact their ODSP worker for additional benefits and information.

If you are not in receipt of Ontario Works or ODSP and are in financial need, you may be entitled to Emergency Assistance from Ontario Works through Employment and Social Services. 
Call 519.351.8573 Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM for prompt and helpful service. 

If you need help applying for EI or CERB, we have some "unofficial" but experienced help for you as well.
Call one of our Community Navigators or our Employment Resource Advisors. All are still working via phone to help. Community Navigators work Monday to Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM and can be reached
by calling: 226.312.2025 ext.4852 or ext.4853

Employment Resource Centre phone lines are open from 8:30AM-4:30PM at 519.436.1123
or email at

There are still companies hiring in Chatham-Kent, check out our jobs pages at for listings and advice.

For a link to the Federal Benefits, see:

Should you find yourself experiencing homelessness, please call our Homeless Response Line at 519.354.6228. This line is open from 4:30PM to 8:30AM Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays.

Be sure to checkout our social media pages for the most up to date events & news postings. 

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