If you are in a crisis or emergency, you may apply for temporary financial support. A crisis or an emergency could be:
- Are being evicted from your home
- Are in or are leaving an abusive relationship
- Are worried about your safety
- Health-related crisis
- Death in your immediate family
If you are eligible for emergency assistance, the amount you get will depend on your situation.
You are not eligible if you are getting assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.
The Essential Health and Social Supports (EHSS) program helps Ottawa residents who cannot afford to pay for items or services needed to maintain their housing and for health items that are not available through other programs. EHSS may help to pay for things like:
- Urgent dental care and dentures
- Eye exams and glasses
- Fuel/gas/hydro arrears, deposits and reconnection fees
- Rent arrears and deposits
- Assistive Devices Program (ADP) 25% consumer contribution
- Bathroom aids
- Surgical and diabetic supplies
- Cremations and burials
If you receive or earn a low income and have limited savings, we may be able to help. To see if you might qualify, try our eligibility estimator.
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
If you have a disability and need help with your living expenses, you may be eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
- Financial assistance to help you and your family with essential living expenses
- Benefits, for you and your family, including prescription drugs and vision care
- Help to find a job and advance your career
Apply for ODSP
It sometimes takes several months to find out if you can get ODSP. If you cannot wait for help, you can apply for immediate financial help through the Ontario Works program.
Home Support Services provides help with light housekeeping to eligible low-income residents who have a medical need and who have little or no supports in the community. Light housekeeping may include floors, bathrooms, laundry, kitchen and light dusting.
Residential Services Homes, also known as domiciliary hostels, are private or non-profit residences that provide long-term housing to vulnerable adults who require some supervision and services to maintain their independent living. Residents are typically living with a psychiatric, developmental or physical illness and/or disability. These homes offer a residential living environment that is safe and supportive for all residents.
- Furnished rooms (most are shared accommodation)
- 24-hour urgent response
- Medication management
- Meals and snacks
- Housekeeping and personal laundry
- Social and/or recreational activities
- Access to both on-site and other community-based services
The Residential Service Homes Standards [ 908 KB ] outline the City's expectations for service delivery and ensure that services are delivered with dignity and respect.
The City of Ottawa provides subsidy to residents on low income to help with the cost of their board and lodging in a residence.
The City of Ottawa helps pay for the direct disposition, burial or cremation of a deceased resident who does not have enough funds in their estate to cover the costs.
The person responsible for making the arrangements may apply with the City on behalf of the deceased. The applicant must:
- Apply to the City before signing a contract with a service provider (funeral home, mosque or cemetery)
- Identify all services requested (direct disposition, burial and/or cremation).