Financial Assistance

COVID-19 Information and Updates

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, County of Wellington Social Services offices are closed to the public until further notice. Social Services continues to provide service over the phone, by mail and through electronic communication. Please see below for service options.

Dropping off documents?
Please use the drop boxes location on the exterior of our office buildings.

Need to contact our staff?
Please contact staff directly by phone/email or speak to our reception staff by phone for assistance at 519.837.6274

Need to apply for assistance?
You can apply online or contact us by phone for assistance at 519.837.6274

Pre-arranged in-person services
Call ahead to arrange a time to visit us to complete the following in-person transactions:
1. Signing your new lease with Housing
2. Picking up an assistance cheque

In-person rent payment is not available at this time.

For all tenants that currently use Debit/Interac for rent payments or pay in person, we request that you would consider alternate options for rent payment for the next few months. This will help us all to maintain safe social distancing, and reduce community transmission of infections. This is a reminder that it is a tenant responsibility to pay rent on time, and we understand this situation may be challenging so we want to support you in making arrangements where possible. Please contact the Housing Services office if you are able to make alternative arrangements to paying rent in person, including but not limited to:
 - Pre-Authorized Payments
 - Cheques; mailed to the office or dropped off at the office mailbox
 - Post-dated cheques (only accepted for rent payments after the first month's rent)
 - Ontario Works (OW) pay direct system
 - Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) pay direct system

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The County of Wellington is responsible for the delivery of temporary financial assistance to eligible residents of Wellington County and the City of Guelph. Eligibility to receive social assistance is determined by the Ontario Works Act.

In addition to providing residents with financial assistance through the Ontario Works programme, the County of Wellington operates programmes to assist low income individuals and families in immediate financial need. A financial assessment must be completed to determine eligibility for these services.

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