To support social assistance recipients and applicants, the ministry has summarized key program information, including changes to service delivery, areas of flexibility, and additional resources available during the Covid-19 outbreak into two public information pages that may be reviewed online or printed out:

Temporary Changes to Ontario Works
Temporary Changes to ODSP

Apply for emergency assistance online.

Learn how to get short term financial support if you are in a crisis or an emergency situation and don’t have enough money for things like food and housing.

District of Parry Sound Resources and Food Options Available during COVID-19 Pandemic As of May 4, 2020

Please click HERE to view the document

Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) Application Form

District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board

In following up on the recent Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) Survey the PSDSSAB is now accepting funding requests for the SSRF. This fund is Provincial funding that is intended to help the vulnerable populations and the workers at risk – people working front-line – during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are multiple funding sources being announced each day and many other sources of emergency funding that have been made available to various sectors and funded agencies and organizations. PSDSSAB is trusting that their Community Partners will treat these funds as a last resort to stabilize our essential community services and address direct COVID-19 impacts.

The following is a brief application for the SSRF emergency funding. Applications will be received up until Monday, April 27th at 10:00AM. At that point, the PSDSSAB will assess the amount of funding requested in relation to the funding available and may take other steps as deemed necessary or required.

Only one application can be submitted per organization. The person who is applying must be a person who is a signing authority for the organization and who can bind the corporation in an agreement.

The application can be found by using the link below

Emergency Child Care Services

If you are in need of emergency child care services, please complete this survey so we can assess the need for additional child care spaces in the District of Parry Sound.

As part of the Ontario governments commitment to open child care programs for essential front-line workers, effective 7 am, Tuesday, April 14 the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board is offering free emergency child care services to eligible emergency frontline workers during the pandemic at the following locations:

Home Child Care Program, limited spaces across the District of Parry Sound
1-705-746-9522 ext. 4361

Waubeek Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 66 Waubeek St., Parry Sound,

Fairview Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 152 Fairview Lane, Powassan,

First Steps Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 16 Toronto Ave., South River,
705-386-2552 ext. 5437

Detailed pandemic plans developed with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit are in place at all locations and no more than 5 children will be in any grouping to minimize the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

Child care programs will offer care to accommodate shift work for children ages 0 – 12 years to allow families to remain together. Spaces are limited so pre-registration with proof of employment is required and enrollment will be on a first come basis. The programs will do their best to ensure that emergency front line workers have the access to child care they require.

For eligibility verification, child care registration and all other inquiries please call the program number above.

Emergency Plan for the Student Nutrition Program
Nipissing, Parry Sound and Muskoka areas
March 27, 2020

After the initial contact with the Ministry Program Supervisor for the Student Nutrition Program, the SNP program was given the ok to roll out our plan to help support children and youth in our community. We are offering assistance to children, youth and their families beginning Monday March 30th in the District of Nipissing, Muskoka and Parry Sound. We want to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community during this difficult uncertain time as schools are closed and children and youth are still hungry.

With the collaboration of our generous funders, many partners and the Ministry funding, we agreed to act quickly to ensure that children and youth in our community continue receiving breakfast foods.

Families who wish to receive supports through the SNP are being asked to reach out to us and register. Registration data will include names, addresses, postal codes, telephone numbers, number of children and the school the children attend.
Requests can be sent to:
or by phone at 705-476-3288 ext. 1611

COVID-19 Community Information Package: March 26,2020

Click HERE to view the package (PDF Document)

Parry Sound District Social Services Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Update: March 20, 2020

Parry Sound, ON –The District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board (PSDSSAB) is taking further measures to protect our residents, staff and community as a whole during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

These measures include the closing of its offices in Parry Sound and South River. All individuals seeking services of the PSDSSAB are advised to call the numbers listed below. In-office visits are restricted to emergencies only. People receiving social assistance payments are strongly urged to set up Direct Bank Deposit if they haven’t already done so to avoid any complications with receiving their benefits. Anyone can call the numbers listed below if they need assistance with this.

Anyone requiring services related to Housing are asked to call the numbers below. All client emergency needs, including health and safety issues, will continue to be addressed. Tenants will be advised of alternative ways to pay their rent where necessary.

Essential core services that will continue include:

  • - Issuing social assistance payments – Payments will not be disrupted. Please call the PSDSSAB office if you require assistance.
  • - All applications for social assistance will be taken by phone by calling the numbers below.
  • - Health and safety matters with our social housing properties will continue to be
    addressed, and essential maintenance continued.

Anyone requiring assistance are asked to call our general phone numbers:

Parry Sound
705-746-7777 or 1-800-461-4464

South River
705-386-2358 or 1-800-661-3230

As the situation evolves, further updates will be posted regularly on the PSDSSAB website at

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The Early Development Instrument (EDI) was developed at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. Senior Kindergarten teachers across the province of Ontario complete questionnaires covering five different areas of early development, referred to as “domains” and are designed to measure children’s ability to meet age-appropriate developmental milestones at school entry.

The five domains are: Physical Health & Well-Being, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Language & Cognitive Development, Communication Skills & General Knowledge. The following snapshot presents an overview of the District of Parry Sound 2017/2018 EDI results.

Click HERE for full document.

The 2017-2018 Housing & Homelessness Report is now available to view under Latest News in the top right of this page, or by clicking HERE.

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