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 Financial Support and Resources 

We're facing an unprecedented situation in Lambton County, as are many other communities around the world. Working together, we will get through this. Below is a list of resources that have been created to help everyone through this difficult time.

Please click on the links below to skip to each section. 

1. Services for Basic needs - Income, Shelter and Food
2. Resources for the Homeless-Serving Sector
3. Grocery Store Index
4. Pharmacy Index
5. Lambton County Food Banks
6. Transportation
7. Safety and Security
8. Employment Services
9. Mental Health & Wellness
10. Legal & Advocacy
11. Education & Literacy
12. Finances & Debt
13. Other Government Services
14. COVID-19 Websites and Information
15. FREE WIFI 
16. Government Resources
17. Business Supports
18. Agriculture Supports
19. Economic Development Supports 

 

Pandemic Pay Information Now Available

 
The Ontario government launched a new pandemic pay website last night. It can be accessed here.
 
At this time, we have little information on the program for the employers which includes municipal governments.  We do know that employers are not required to apply for pandemic pay and we are told that eligible employers will be contacted by May 15.
 
Under this temporary program, municipal governments have eligible full and part-time front-line staff who work in the following program areas:  public health, paramedic services, long-term care homes, and housing and shelters. This will involve three ministries and four program areas. We are concerned that the administration of this program may be complex given this broad array of municipal front-line services, so we are urging simplicity as the provincial program details are worked out.
 
Although the full range of eligible staff may be continuing to be considered, the Province has made it clear that this will not apply to management, even those who have or are working in providing front-line services to residents, patients, or the public.
 
We will continue to work with the Province and many municipal staff associations, such as the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association, as the provincial program design is being finalized so that its implementation for those eligible municipal staff goes well.
 
AMO’s COVID-19 Resources page is being updated continually so you can find critical information in one place. Please send any of your municipally related pandemic questions to covid19@amo.on.ca.

 

Services for Basic needs - Income, Shelter and Food

Lambton County Social Services is available to provide the initial point of contact for income support assistance to persons in need to cover the costs of food, shelter, basic needs and referrals to all other Social Services as required. Lambton County – Social Services is open by appointment only, by telephone or by email. For inquires please call – 519-344-2057 or email socialservices@county-lambton.on.ca.

  • Those requiring income supports that are not currently on assistance are asked to apply online at www.ontario.ca/socialassistance or contact the Ontario Works intake line at 519-332-4906.            
  • Those already on assistance should connect with their Caseworker by phone at 519-344-2062 if you need assistance or have questions.

 

Income Reporting and Payments  

  • Ontario Works recipients are required to report income on a monthly basis, along with any changes to their income, address, contact information or family size. 
  • Our preferred method of contact to report income and provide updates is through Mybenefits, our new online portal, phone, text or email.
  • If required, you can still drop off income reporting statements or other documents in the silver drop box outside the main entrance on Lochiel St. 
  • Payments are being sent by mail or direct bank deposit. Notify your caseworker about any changes to your address or banking information immediately.
  • If you do not have direct bank deposit, it is highly recommended that you contact your caseworker to get it set up for your payments.

 

Lambton Works Centre

The NEW Lambton Works Centre can help you access employment, training and educational information and services to support you on your path to employment.  Although the centre is closed to the public during the time, people are able to access the following services virtually:

  • Labour market information and job search support
  • Resume and cover letter writing assistance
  • Referrals to virtual literacy, training, education and employment programs and services
  • Access to employment and volunteer opportunities

 

Need help navigating the job market during this time? The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Lambton Works Centre are available by email at lambtonworks@county-lambton.on.ca to assist you.   

Check website for information and updates: http://www.lambtononline.ca/home/residents/ontarioworks/Pages/default.aspx

 

Aamjiwnaang First Nations Social Services  

  • Please call 519-336-8410

 

Kettle & Stony Point First Nations Social Services  

  • Ongoing clients that received funds in March will receive the same funds for April via mail
  • New applications or any inquires during this time email Cindi George directly at:   george@kettlepoint.org Contact: 519-786-2125 

 

  Walpole Island First Nations Social Services  

  • Please call 519-627-3583

 

Inn of the Good Shepard  

The Inn continues to offer the following programs:

  • Food Bank: pre-packed food hampers - Monday to Friday from 9:30 - 11:15 am.  Pick up at the Devine Street door (off the parking lot).  Can pick up a food hamper every 2 weeks.
  • Daily meal - a hot meal is provided for take-out - Monday to Friday at 1 pm - 2 pm and weekends from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.   Pick up at the Devine Street door (off the parking lot)
  • Children's snack packs - a week supply of 14 snack items (including fresh fruit & dairy products).  For pick up at the Devine Street door during the food bank pick up hours.  Pick up a snack pack per elementary school child every week.
  • Income taxes - drop off service to have your returned filed.  Taxes will be filed within 2 weeks but pick up of your paper copy won’t be available until May.
  • Bus passes & tickets - no need to come in - Sarnia Transit is now providing free transit for the time being but people are asked to restrict their travel to necessities.
  • Rent/Utility - call in for an intake - evictions and utility disconnects have been put on hold until July 1
  • Emergency Shelter – The Good Shepherd’s Lodge is operating and providing shelter.  We have an overflow program available when The Lodge is full. 

 

Resources for the Homeless-Serving Sector

 

Applications open for new $350 Million Emergency Community Support Fund   

On May 19, 2020, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada launched calls for applications for the new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The Fund is a new $350 million investment by the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Community organizations can apply now. A fact sheet with more information is attached to this email. 

The funding, which was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by the Government of Canada, is for community-based organizations who have seen demands for their services increase dramatically since the start of the pandemic.  

To find more details on how to apply, please consult the attached information sheet or click here.

 

Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation targeted call for proposals 

The Making the Shift (MtS) Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab released a targeted call for proposals addressing the implications of COVID-19 on youth homelessness prevention. 

Proposed projects should generate knowledge that will inform MtS’s current response to the pandemic, the recovery phase, and the future of their response to youth homelessness, and in particular the necessity of making the shift to prevention.  

The submission deadline for the call is May 25th at 12pm EDT. Find more information Find more information here.

 

*Note for Quebec communities: For information or specific needs related to COVID-19, please contact the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux or the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS/CIUSSS) in your region. 

 

Merci / Thank you.

 

Direction des politiques en matière d’itinérance

Emploi et Développement social Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

140, Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, Gatineau (Québec) K1A 0J9

Courriel : ESDC.ISSD.RHInfo-infoVCS.DGRSDS.EDSC@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Site Web: www.canada.ca/itinerance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ESDC_GC

 

Homelessness Policy Directorate

Employment and Social Development Canada / Government of Canada

140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0J9

Email: ESDC.ISSD.RHInfo-infoVCS.DGRSDS.EDSC@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Website: www.canada.ca/homelessness

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ESDC_GC

 

 

Grocery Index

LAMBTON SHORES

Williamson Farms Country Store

https://williamsonfarms.ca/

Curbside Pickup / Delivery / Online Order & Pay at Pick Up

Wednesday to Friday – 9am -5:00pm and Saturdays 10am -4:00pm

14 King Street West, Forest, ON

226-520-0144

 

Foodland Forest

Carry Out / Curbside Pickup / Seniors Hour 8AM to 9AM

Monday-Sunday - 8 am to 8 pm

88 King Street East, Forest, ON

519-786-2321

 

Sobeys Grand Bend

Seniors Hour 7AM to 8AM / Delivery through Grand Bend Pandemic Support

Monday-Sunday - 8 am to 8 pm - extending to 9 pm May 15/20

55 Main Street East, Grand Bend, ON

519-238-8944

 

Mike & Terri's No Frills Grand Bend

Curbside Pickup / Online Order

Monday-Sunday - 8 am to 6 pm

98 Ontario Street South, Grand Bend, ON

866-987-6453

 

WARKWICK TOWNSHIP 

Foodland Watford

Carry Out / Curbside Pickup / Seniors Hour 8AM to 9AM

Monday-Sunday - 8 am to 8 pm

5407 Nauvoo Road, Watford, ON

519-876-3011

 

BROOKE-ALVINSTON

Clover Mart

No Additional Services

Monday-Sunday - 9 am to 8 pm

3233 River Street, Alvinston, ON

519-898-2851

 

Inwood Grocery & Variety

Curbside Pickup / Delivery

Monday-Sunday - 8 am to 8 pm

3193 Inwood Road, Inwood, ON

(519) 844-2433

 

The County Butcher

http://www.thecountrybutcher.ca/

Curbside Pickup / Delivery

Monday-Saturday 8 am to 5 pm

3099 Broadway Street, Alvinston, ON

(226) 846-6328

 

Rokeby Farms

https://rokebyfarms.ca/

8982 Rokeby Line, Alvinston, ON

519-847-5647

 

PETROLIA 

Heidi's Your Independent Grocer

Online Order / Deliveries on Mon, Thurs, Fri for Seniors and Quarantined Individuals

Monday- Sunday 7 am - 6 pm

4136 Petrolia Street, Petrolia, ON

519-882-2211

 

PLYMPTON WYOMING 

Foodland Wyoming

Carry Out / Curbside Pickup / Seniors Hour 8AM to 9AM

Monday-Sunday - 8 am to 8 pm

610 Broadway Street, Wyoming, ON

519-845-3498

 

ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP 

Foodland Corunna

Carry Out / Curbside Pickup / Seniors Hour 8AM to 9AM

Monday-Sunday - 8 am to 8 pm

420 Lyndock Street, Corunna, ON

519-862-5213

 

Port Lambton Food Market

Monday - Saturday - 8:30 am to 8:00 pm - Sundays 10 am - 6 pm

4352 St Clair Parkway, Port Lambton, ON

(519) 677-4428

 

Rob's No Frills Corunna

Online Order / Curbside Pickup

Monday - Sunday - 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

175 Bunker Avenue, Corunna, ON

866-987-6453

 

SARNIA 

Real Canadian Superstore (Also a pharmacy)

Online Order / Curbside Pickup / Deliveries

Monday - Sunday - 8:00 am - 10:00 pm  

600 Murphy Road, Sarnia, ON

519-383-8300

 

Metro (also a Pharmacy)

Curbside Pickup / Seniors Hour 7AM to 8AM / Online priority orders for essential healthcare workers, people with a disability and seniors

Monday - Sunday - 7:00 am - 9:00 pm - Pharmacy - Mon-Sat - 9:00 am-9:00 pm - Sunday 11:00 am to 5:000 pm   

1375 London Road, Sarnia, ON

519-542-1433

 

Ken's Valu-Mart Sarnia

Online Order / Curbside Pickup

Monday - Sunday - 7:00 am to 6:00 pm 

710 Kemsley Drive, Sarnia, ON

519-332-5701

 

Chris's No Frills 

Online Order / Curbside Pickup

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Sat-Sun 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

889 Exmouth Street, Sarnia, ON

866-987-6453

 

Walmart (also a pharmacy)

Online Order / Curbside Pickup

Monday - Friday - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm    

1444 Quinn Drive, Sarnia, ON

519-542-3550

 

SUNRIPE Sarnia

http://sunripe.ca

Online Order / Curbside Pickup (Pick Up Times: Monday-Friday Noon-3:00pm)

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm - Sat - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Sun - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

1141 Lakeshore Road, Sarnia, ON

519-542-1241

 

Food & Drug Basics (also a pharmacy)

Online Order / Curbside Pickup

Mon-Fri - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Pharmacy - M-F 8-8 Sat - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sun - 10:00 am -5:00 pm

191 Indian Road South, Sarnia, ON

519-344-1500

 

Foodland Bright’s Grove              

Carry Out / Curbside Pickup / Seniors hour 8AM to 9AM

Mon-Sun - 8:00 am to 8:00 pm  

2600 Lakeshore Road, Bright's Grove, ON

519-869-4433

 

JB Global Market

https://jbglobalmarket.com/

Online Order / Curbside Pickup

Mon-Sat 10:00 am to 10:00 pm 

1200 London Road, Sarnia, ON

519-328-9613

 

Pharmacies Index

  

Sarnia

Shoppers Drug Mart - Michigan & Murphy in Sarnia

Online Prescription Refill

Mon-Sun 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

1206 Michigan Avenue, Sarnia, ON

519-541-9064

 

Sarnia Pharmacy Inc.

https://www.sarniapharmacy.com/

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Sat - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

206 Maxwell Street Sarnia, ON

519-337-3215

 

Hogan Pharmacy Bluewater

https://www.hoganpharmacy.com/

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm Sat: 9am-1pm

481 London Road, Sarnia, ON

519-332-1032

 

Hogan Pharmacy Northgate

https://www.hoganpharmacy.com/

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm Sat: 9am-1pm

560 Exmouth Street, Sarnia, ON

519-344-8222 

 

Hogan Pharmacy Sarnia

https://www.hoganpharmacy.com/

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm Sat: 9am-2pm

457 London Road, Sarnia, ON

519-336-2224

 

Pharmasave London Road Pharmacy

https://www.pharmasavelondonroadpharmacy.com/

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

1249 London Road Unit W-1A, Sarnia, ON

519-491-6778

 

Vidal Pharmacy

Curbside Pickup / Deliveries

Mon-Fri - 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Sat-Sun 9:00 am - 2:000 pm

373 Vidal Street Sout, Sarnia, ON

519-344-2222

 

Centrepoint IDA Pharmacy

http://www.centrepointida.com/

Curbside Pickup / Deliveries / Online Prescription Refill

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

3-889 Exmouth St, Sarnia, ON

519-339-0909

 

Rexall 

Curbside Pickup / Deliveries / Online Prescription Refill

Mon-Fri - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Sat-Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm               

697 Cathcart Boulevard, Sarnia, ON

519-332-5575

 

Rapids Pharmachoice    

Deliveries

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

1150 Pontiac Drive Unit 5, Sarnia ON

519-344-0100

 

The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

429 Exmouth Street, Sarnia, ON

519-337-1119

 

Wellington Pharmacy

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

145 Wellington St, Sarnia, ON

519-336-6104

 

Front Street Pharmacy

Deliveries

Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

265a Front St N, Sarnia, ON

(519) 336-7575

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

Online Prescription Refill

Mon-Sun - 8:00 am - 12:00 am

260 Indian Road South, Sarnia, ON

519-337-3727

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

Online Prescription Refill

Mon-Sun - 8:00 am - 12:00 am

510 Exmouth Street, Sarnia, ON

519-344-2409

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

Online Prescription Refill

Mon-Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sun - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

123 Mitton Street South, Sarnia, ON

519-336-1234

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

Online Prescription Refill

Mon-Sun - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

2600 Lakeshore Rd #10, Brights Grove, ON

519-869-4224

 

Remedy's Rx - Bright's Grove Family Pharmacy

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm - Sat - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

2670 New, Lakeshore Rd, Brights Grove, ON

519-869-6900

 

Petrolia

Hogan Guardian Pharmacy

https://www.hoganpharmacy.com/

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm Sat-Sun 10 am- 5pm

4177 Petrolia Line, Petrolia, ON

519-332-1032

 

Lambton Pharmacy Ltd

Prescription Delivery for Patients Locally Only

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sat - 9:00 am – noon

4130 Glenview Rd #2, Petrolia, ON

519-882-0650

 

Pharmasave Forest Pharmacy

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sat - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun - 10:000 am - 2:00 pm

19 King Street W, Forest, ON

519-786-5161

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

Online Prescription Refill

Mon-Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

65 Main St E, Grand Bend, ON

519-238-8540

 

CDs Pharmacy

Prescription Delivery

Mon-Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Sun - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

2 Main Street S, Forest, ON

519-786-2104

 

Pharmasave Grand Bend Pharmacy

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

46 Ontario St S, Grand Bend, ON

519-238-6506

 

Plympton-Wyoming

I.D.A.

Lions Club is Delivering Locally

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sat - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

607 Broadway St, Wyoming, ON

519-845-3341

 

Warwick

McLaren Pharmacy & Walk-in Clinic

Online Prescription Refill / Deliveries

Mon-Fri - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Sat - 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

5299 Nauvoo Road, Watford, ON

519-876-2213

 

Lambton County Food Banks

Brooke Alvinston
3236 River Rd.
519-898-2173

  • Wednesday 11 am - 1 pm
  • Clients stay outside and will be brought premade hampers

 

Forest
Contact House Food Band - 6276 Townsend Line
519-786-5692

  • Tuesday 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Limit people coming in. Wait outside in car and will be brought food

 

Corunna
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Community Food Bank - 437 Colborne Drive
519-862-3641

  • Thursday 9 am to 11:45 am
  • Every other Wednesday from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Clients will be allowed in the Food Bank one person at a time. Check in at the registration table. They will be brought downstairs to wash/sanitize hands. Staff will bring food to the client

 

Petrolia
4156 Petrolia Line
519-882-3950

  • Mondays 9 am - 11:30 am
  • Clients are asked to remain outside and staff will bring food to you.
  • If you are sick you are asked to stay home. If you exhibit any signs of being sick they will be unable to assist you.

 

Watford
Watford United Church - 555 Ontario St
519-876-2837

  • Food bank is Wednesday at 11 am - noon
  • Note on the door with instructions to knock and food will be brought out

 

Oil Springs
Oil Heritage Family Church - 2554 Elizabeth Street
519-834-2984

  • Mondays 10 am - 1 pm
  • Please stay outside and knock on door. Volunteers will take orders and bring your food. Request that clients wait 2 metres from the door

 

Aamjiwnaang First Nation Food Bank
1300 Tashmoo Avenue
519-332-6770

  • Monday 9 am - noon
  • Thursday 1 pm - 4 pm

 

River City Vineyard Food Bank
260 Mitton Street N
519-383-8463

  • Open daily 10 am - 9 pm
  • Knock on from door and someone will bring you a package of food

 

Salvation Army

The food bank is by appointment only; call 519-344-1142 to schedule an appointment

St. Vincent DePaul Sarnia-Lambton

Open as usual on Mon and Wed from 11am-3pm and Fri 1-4pm 519-337-1058

Lambton Public Health

  • Restricted access to the public at 160 Exmouth St., Point Edward by appointment only. Petrolia and Forest offices are closed. Contact 519-383-8331 or toll-free 1-800-667-1839
  • See Lambton Public Health to learn more about restricted access to Sexual Health Clinic services, Harm Reduction Supplies, and water testing options. The Family Health Line continues to support breastfeeding and parenting concerns 519-383-3817 or  1-800-667-1839 ext. 3817.
  • Garden Fresh Box is a monthly food buying program for fresh fruit and vegetables in a variety of sizes to fit your family's needs ($5 fruit or veggie bag, $10 single box or $15 family box). Cash only orders are placed by the first Friday of the month at the sites listed below. You pick up your order at the same site the third Wednesday or Thursday of the month.  Contact 519-383-8331 ext. 3111.

Here are the sites that people can order and pick up (in a safe manner) the Garden Fresh Box:  

  • West Lambton Community Health Centre (Sarnia)
  • Central Lambton Family Health Team (Petrolia)
  • Sarnia Produce (Point Edward)
  • North Lambton Community Health Centre (Forest) - they cover Watford, Thedford and Kettle & Stony Point

 

Transportation

Lambton Elderly Outreach

Remains open but some programs and services will be affected. Current clients receiving services will be contacted if those services are impacted.

Contact: 519-845-1353

  • Transportation including non-urgent stretcher van
  • Will be taking on essential transportation from Red Cross including dialysis, Homeward Bound, etc.
  • Meals on Wheels frozen meals delivery
  • Home Support
  • Personal Support Worker care, meal prep
  • Respite
  • Light housekeeping (vulnerable clients)
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Crisis Intervention
    • Social Worker services
    • Abuse, eviction, Power of Attorney issues, hoarding, etc.
  • Retirement Home Support Program
  • Hospital discharges, including wrap-around support

 

Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre

They will help with transportation and food needs for Indigenous clients.  
Contact: 519- 344-6164

Sarnia Red Cross

  • Closed to the public, some services have been suspended. Individuals can call 519- 332-6380 for meals on wheels and transportation supports 

 

Sarnia Transit

  • Sarnia Transit is offering free transit. Passengers are instructed to board through back door and practise social distancing - seats near them are off limits. Riders requiring mobility assistance can use front doors.

 

Safety & Security  

Women's Interval Home 
681 Oxford St., Sarnia, Ontario.
519-336-5200 EXT. 0 

  • Emergency Shelter: This program is operating and available 24 hours a day for any women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.    People seeking or receiving services will be screened before presenting (if calling) or upon arrival to Shelter. 
  • Crisis Line/Drop-ins: The Crisis Line is answered 24 hours a day by trained Domestic Violence Counsellors who provides confidential support to abused women, information, and referrals to the caller.  Callers may remain anonymous.   Information to the general public and/or professionals seeking information is also provided. 
  • Domestic Violence Counsellors are available to provide support and information for any questions you may have relating to abuse and the impact it may be having on your life. Risk assessment and safety planning are available by walk-in or by calling.
  • Counselling is available by phone or on-line. Existing clients can connect with their counsellor or call the crisis line for assistance. 
  • Groups are currently not available. 

 

Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre

24 Hour Crisis Line * agency counsellors available
Crisis Phone: 519-337-3320 * collect calls accepted
Office contact: 519-337-3154
Toll Free: 1-888-231-0536

Children’s Aid Society:  

  • Building is closed but services continue. Emergencies and/or calls for assistance 519-336-0623.  Some changes to services have been made as agency prioritizes situations that are higher risk. 

 

Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton

  • Available by telephone to provide emotional and practical support as well as referrals to other resources in the community. 
  • Provides access to short-term financial support in the immediate aftermath of a violent crime
  • Call 519-344-8861 ext. 5238 

 

Alzheimer’s Society Sarnia-Lambton

  • Contact: 519-332-4444
  • Office is closed. Continues to accept referrals (self and other). Education support is currently being provided via telephone, teleconference of zoom.  Will meet face to face with clients at office if needed (with appropriate screening measures in place and physical distancing measures. 
  • Support and counseling available via phone, t-con and zoom
  • In home respite continues with screening measures in place.
  • In person group programming is suspended.
  • Activation kits are being dropped off to clients or new referrals with various activities to keep them engaged. 

 

Huron House Boys

  • Continues to service our current youth and families. Admissions are being screened more stringently because of the potential transmission of COVID-19.

 

Residential Relief Fund

As part of the Government of Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the province is investing up to $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence.

The COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund will cover costs such as additional staffing, residential respite for caregivers; personal protective equipment and supplies; initiatives to support physical distancing and transportation to minimize client exposure.


Ontario Strengthening Victim Services in Response to COVID-19

Attorney General announces $4 million to support victims and protect front-line justice staff

This additional one-time emergency payment will help more than 50 community agencies across Ontario, including victim crisis assistance organizations (VCAOs), Indigenous organizations and those based in rural areas, stay operational and accessible to victims during the public health crisis. Funds will help front-line staff respond to challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis and enhance access to immediate supports for victims, including extended hotels stays, and transportation and meal vouchers available through the Victim Quick Response Program Plus (VQRP+).

 

Employment Services  

The Workplace Group

  • In person services are suspended; individuals are being assisted through telephone 519-337-7377, email info@theworkplacegroup.ca or via their social media pages

 

Express Employment Professionals

  • The office remains staffed at this time. They are limiting access by asking applicants to apply by phone 519-336-7962 email, or online 

 

Goodwill Career Centre

  • In person services are suspended; individuals are being assisted through telephone 519-332-4333 and virtual services

 

Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board

COVID-19 Supports

  • To help navigate the resources available, SLWDB has compiled information for job creators, entrepreneurs and self-employed Canadians about the financial support programs being developed, and offered through various Government of Canada department-specific programs and the Canada Revenue Agency. 

The Ontario Works Lambton Works Centre in the Lambton Shared Services Centre is suspended until further notice.

 

Mental Health & Wellness

North Lambton Community Health Centre

Both Forest 519-786-4545 and West Lambton (Sarnia) 519-344-3017 sites are open.  Providers are offering phone visits, unless an office visit is deemed essential.  Watford, Kettle Point and Cardiac Rehab sites are closed.  Navigation services are being provided via telephone.

CMHA Lambton Kent

  • Walk-ins suspended. Preferred contact method is by phone 519-336-3445

 

Lambton Mental Wellness Centre

  • Phone supports being provided to current members. Accepting new people who require a check in call.  Email cheryl@lmwc.ca or 519-344-5602.  

 

St. Clair Child & Youth Services

  • Office is closed. Providing single session telephone counselling & consultation for those 0-17 years of age who are experiencing mental health concerns (please note that this is not a crisis service). 
  • Call 519-337-3701 to speak to an Intake Worker. Hours of service are Monday to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

 

Family Counseling Centre

  • Call 519-336-0120
  • Building is closed to the public. 
  • Telephone counselling is available for new and existing clients. 
  • Tel-Check and Distress Line are fully operational. 
  • APSW’s continue to connect with and advocate for clients via telephone or text. 
  • Supervised Access Centre is closed.

 

Rebound

  • Sarnia, Petrolia and Forest offices are closed and programs are postponed. Staff continue to connect with youth via email and/or texting.  
  • Housing supports and Youth in Transition services are currently being provided via phone, texting, emails and emergency face to face as required.
  • Referrals and telephone intakes are still being conducted for all programs, including youth justice programs.   Messages are being monitored.  Phone 519-344-2841 or office@reboundonline.com

 

The Hub  

  • Programming is postponed; staff are on—call and available to support youth via telephone and/or meet youth at the HUB to provide essentials (ages 16-24). Phone 519-381-2500 or send message through the Hub Facebook page.

 

Community Living

  • Service are being provided by telephone. For intake, clients and other services please contact 519-332-8055 or 1-888-916-2527

 

Lambton County Developmental Services

  • Closed to the public. Office remains open with minimal staff. Essential services are still being offered. 519-882-0933

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Closed until April 6, 2020. Staff on site during business hours to answer phone calls and inquiries. Check the website & social media for updates.

 

Boys & Girls Club

  • As of March 15, 202 all programs have been suspended for 21 days. Check website for updates.

 

Sarnia-Lambton YMCA

  • Closed until April 6, 2020. Check website and social media for updates

 

Pathways Health Centre for Children

 

St. Joseph's Hospice  

As many of you are aware, following the advisement of the Ministry of Health, our Medical Director, and in consultation with our Board of Directors, St. Joseph’s Hospice Resource Centre has been closed and all programs and services have been postponed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To help limit the spread of the virus, the Supportive Services Team will be working remotely from home indefinitely. 

We recognize that grief does not take a break in the midst of a global pandemic and we are committed to continuing to uphold the integrity of our service and act as a resource to our current clients, community members and community partners in the absence of being able to provide face-to-face service.  

To Our Existing Clients: We are providing telephone support and consultations to resource you with recommendations on community services being offered as well as online resources. Those who are currently matched with a visiting volunteer, you may continue to receive phone support from your volunteers. The coordinator will be in contact with you when our services commence.

To Those Inquiring About Our Services:
 We are still accepting new referrals for all of our programs. This includes Adult Bereavement, Support for Grieving Children and Youth, Illness and Caregiver Support. The coordinator will take referrals by email or phone, and setup a phone consultation to support and provide resources. The coordinator will then be in contact with you to setup an assessment when restrictions are lifted and our services are offered again. 

To Our Community Partners: Coordinators can be reached by email (preferably) or by phone as we will be monitoring our voicemails regularly.  

Coordinators will be in contact with all inquiries within two business days. Please know we are thinking about you and your families and will do our best to continue to be a resource for the Sarnia-Lambton community. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to focus on the health and well-being of our community. 

For adult bereavement inquiries contact:

Kayla Slegers,  kslegers@sjhospice.ca or 519-337-0537 ext. 123

For support for grieving children and youth contact:

Orley Culverhouse,  oculverhouse@sjhospice.ca or 519-337-0537 ext. 114

For illness and caregiver support contact:

Lisa Adams,  ladams@sjhospice.ca or 519-337-0537 etc. 126 

 

Rapids Family Health Team

Mental Health counseling is available by phone. Counselors are available for any FHO Physician patient by calling 519-339-8949 ext. 166 or 519-490-8768. We also have great reliable resources on our website

Walk-in Medical Services are available to any individual with a valid Ontario health card at the Rapids Family Health Team Access to Care Centre located at 481 London Rd. Monday thru Thursday 8:00 – 4:30 (these hours may vary depending on staffing - – check our website at www.rapidsfhteam.ca). This service is for episodic symptoms such as Urinary Tract Infections, Ear aches, etc. We ask that you first try your primary care provider but we have Nurse Practitioners that will see you if you are unable to secure a same day appointment with your doctor. We are a walk in service - You don’t need an appointment but patients are screened for COVID 19 Symptoms when entering the building. A virtual care web app is currently under development. Call 519-491-6188 for more details

 

Residential Relief Fund

As part of the Government of Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the province is investing up to $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence.

The COVID-19 Residential Relief Fund will cover costs such as additional staffing, residential respite for caregivers; personal protective equipment and supplies; initiatives to support physical distancing and transportation to minimize client exposure.

 

Legal & Advocacy


Community Legal Assistance Sarnia

Service is being provided by telephone.  For intake, clients and other services please Contact: 519-332-8055 or 1-888-916-2527

 

John Howard Society Sarnia-Lambton

  • Service to current clients is being provided remotely. Office is not open for drop-ins. 519-336-1020 

 

Education & Literacy

Lambton College

  • Classes are suspended from March 16th to March 20th with alternative course formats beginning on March 23rd
  • The March 28th Open House is now a virtual event  lambtoncollege.ca/openhouse

 

Organization for Literacy Lambton

  • In person services and programming are suspended; individuals are being assisted through telephone at 519-332-4876 

 

Finances & Debt

Financial Fitness Sarnia/Windsor

  • Offices are currently closed and staff is working remotely and conducting telephone appointments. Please call 519-542-1130 ext. 3229 or 1-877-777-9218 or by email: appointment @financialfitnesswindsor.ca
  • Please be patient as the toll free number has had some issues which staff are trying to work through

 

Prosper Canada Financial Relief Navigator

The Financial Relief Navigator is an online tool that helps Canadians access critical emergency benefits and financial relief from governments, financial institutions, telecoms and internet providers. The Navigator acts as a one-stop portal where Canadians can access relief measurers from all of these entities. 

 

Other Government Services

Service Canada  

 

Service Ontario

  • Remains open and the public is urged not to visit in person unless completely necessary; they are asked to consider completing your transactions online (if available) https://www.ontario.ca/page/serviceontario

 

Bluewater Power

  • No disconnections for residential customers for non-payment for the next 90 days. Financial assistance programs, including emergency relief, are available including:
  • The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) providing emergency financial relief to eligible low-income customer. Available through the Inn of the Good Shepherd
  • The Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) which enables eligible low-income customers to receive a fixed monthly credit on bills. For details: https://ontarioelectricitysupport.ca

 

Hydro One

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • Workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.
  • The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit

Application details will be available through My CRA and My Service Canada , early April.
 

Employment Insurance - Sickness Benefits

The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim

  • Establishing a new dedicated toll-free phone number to support enquiries related to waiving the EI sickness benefits waiting period
  • People claiming EI sickness benefits due to quarantine will not have to provide a medical certificate
  • People who cannot complete their claim for EI sickness benefits due to quarantine may apply later and have their EI claim backdated to cover the period of delay
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
  • Telephone: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)
  • Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742

 

Goods and Services Tax Credit

The Government of Canada is providing a one-time special payment by early May through the Goods and Services Tax credit for low- and modest-income families.

The average additional benefit will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.

There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically. 

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/covid19-individuals.html#increased_goods_services_tax_credit

 

Canada Child Benefit  

The Government of Canada is providing an extra $300 per child through the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) for 2019-20. This will mean approximately $550 more for the average family.

This benefit will be delivered as part of the scheduled CCB payment in May.

Those who already receive the Canada Child Benefit do not need to re-apply. 

People can apply : https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/child-family-benefits/canada-child-benefit-overview/canada-child-benefit-apply.html

 

COVID-19 Websites and Information

Lambton Public Health (LPH) continues to actively monitor the developing situation. In our efforts to provide timely information about COVID-19 we are updating the website frequently: https://LambtonPublicHealth.ca  

To provide information that meets the needs of specific sectors, our website now includes regular COVID-19 updates as well as answers to frequently asked questions from municipalities, workplaces, health care providers, parents & caregivers, and other community supports. The community supports section offers a range of information such as how to access: 

  • COVID-19 information in different languages 
  • Income supports
  • Food and housing
  • Services to reduce isolation
  • Information on how community volunteers can remain safe while helping others 
  • Mental health services

We have created a new email where you can reach Lambton Public Health staff with questions about supports for vulnerable populations or information updates about the services you’re providing to the community: vulnerablepopulations@county-lambton.on.ca

In order to continue to have a positive impact in the community, it is important that you take care of your own physical and mental health as well as that of others.  

 

Free Wi-Fi 

Residents without access to internet are invited to access the free wireless internet available outside of most Lambton County Library locations.

While libraries remain closed until further notice due to efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Library’s Wi-Fi extends beyond the walls of several of its buildings, providing public access in many facilities' parking lot areas.

The free Wi-Fi access is available from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.; however, please note that Wi-Fi signals may not be accessible at certain locations where parking spaces are at a significant distance from the library.

For a full list of Lambton County Library locations, visit www.lclibrary.ca

“Residents rely on our libraries for access to a number of services, including free wireless internet, that they may not otherwise have,” said Lambton County Warden Bill Weber. “This is critical in rural areas of the County where access is limited, and particularly at a time when children are being encouraged to keep up on their school studies from home. We need to make available every resource that we have to provide for our community during these challenging times, including those without internet access.”

The free Wi-Fi is available near most library buildings (proximity varies by location). The library's open Wi-Fi is named "COL Public" and does not require a password. A library card is not required to access the free wireless internet.

For those traveling to libraries by car, the County asks that you remain in your vehicle while using the internet to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others. The same recommendations on distance apply if you are walking, biking or using any other method of transportation to get to the library.

Learn more about social and physical distancing and the steps we can take to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19 on the Lambton Public Health website.

www.LambtonPublicHealth.ca

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://www.lambtononline.ca/COVID-19

Government Resources

 

Business Supports

 

Agriculture Supports

 

Economic Development Supports

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  • Economic Developers Association of Canada - LinkedIn Group
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