Social Services

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The County of Simcoe Social and Community Services Division encompasses the following Departments:

Children and Community Services

The Children and Community Services Department delivers and manages programs and services to support child care and the community.  Some of the programs offered by the Children and Community Services Department are childcare fee subsidy, wage enhancement, emergency shelters, homelessness, local immigration partnership.

Ontario Works

Ontario Works is a program which provides financial and employment assistance to people in financial need.  The County of Simcoe Ontario Works Department delivers programs to eligible residents of the County of Simcoe and the cities of Barrie and Orillia.

Social Housing

As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager, the County of Simcoe is responsible for administration and planning of the County’s social housing system. The social housing department is comprised of two business functions which encompass administration of the social housing programs and the direct delivery of social housing.

Local Immigration Partnership

The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (SCLIP) is a community partnership focused on the development of settlement strategies for newcomers.  These strategies will bring together and support service delivery to newcomers in Simcoe County while promoting positive relationships, opportunity, and use of local resources effectively.

What is 211?

'211 is a helpline for information & referral details on community, social services, health and government services in Ontario. Call 211 or VOIP users can call toll-free 1-877-330-3213. Call to learn about food banks, emergency financial assistance, home health help, homemaking, respite support, recreation centres, seniors centres, youth programs, mental health supports, counselling, rent assistance programs, legal supports, family programs, kids programs, baby programs and more in your community. Our call centre is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Interpretation is available in 150+ languages. Ask for the language and hold on the line for a three way call with interpreter, 211 and yourself.'