February 2020 Edition
 In this edition: 
  • New Community Development & Health Website
  • City of Windsor Tax Rebate and Relief Applications
  • Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation
  • New MyBenefits for OW and ODSP
  • Spay and Neuter Program for Low-Income Households
  • P2P Presentations Information
  • 90% Recreation Discount for Cannon Cove, Adventure Bay, P2P Brokerage and more!
  • Healthy Smiles Ontario
  • ProsperUs: Y-CAN Application
  • SAVE THE DATE! Point-In-Time Count 2020
Launch of New Community Development and Health Website
Pathway to Potential is excited to share the new website for Community Development & Health Services. Over the past year, we have been working with staff from Ontario Works, Children's Services, Housing Services, Huron Lodge, Communications and Information Technology to transform the website. The website is easier to navigate with less text while improving access to important and timely information.

The new web address is www.citywindsor.ca/socialservices . Check it out and share with friends, colleagues and clients.
City of Windsor Tax Relief Program for Extreme Poverty or Sickness - Application Due February 29th 2020
The tax relief application is available for those property owners who are applying for tax relief due to extreme poverty or sickness under Section 357. (1) (d.1) of the Ontario Municipal Act.
  • The intention of the program is to provide temporary relief for those property owners who may qualify.
  • The Tax Adjustment applies only to single family residential homes.

Initial applications are due February 29th, 2020. For more information on program eligibility or to download the application, visit the Tax Rebate and Relief website or call 311.
Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation: Feedback Deadline March 30, 2020
The Government of Ontario has opened up public consultations to provide feedback on the province’s next five-year  Poverty Reduction Strategy .

The province is looking for innovative ideas and suggestions for more effective collaboration on:

  • Encouraging job creation and connecting people to employment
  • Providing people with the right supports and services
  • Lowering the cost of living and making life more affordable
There are two opportunities to contribute: via online survey or written submission.

Surveys are targeted to seek feedback from individuals, service providers and employers.

Access the online survey:

Written submissions are also encouraged via email or mail.

Email feedback to:     
Mail feedback to:    
Poverty Reduction Strategy
315 Front Street West, 3rd Floor 
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 0B8

Deadline for all submissions is March 30, 2020
MyBenefits: New Online Service Available 24/7 to Residents Who Receive Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
MyBenefits is an online service for social service recipients from the Government of Ontario. MyBenefits makes it faster, easier and more convenient to access your information securely on any device.

You can sign into MyBenefits at  Ontario.ca/MyBenefits  to view or update your Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) case information. This service is available 24/7 for Ontario Works and ODSP recipients.

With MyBenefits, you can:
  • Report income and address changes
  • See past payments
  • See your letters
  • View your profile information (e.g. phone number, email address, household members)

In the future, additions include:
  • New features
  • Access for people who manage a case on behalf of another person (i.e. trustees)

For more information, visit https://mybenefits.mcss.gov.on.ca/auth/login
City of Windsor Spay/Neuter Vouchers for Cats to Return in March
The City of Windsor is once again offering its Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for cats. In an effort to reduce the number of homeless cats and number of cats euthanized in the city, 260 vouchers will be issued to sterilize cats. 

The vouchers are valued at $75 each and will be available starting Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

(Please note: 311 will not accept requests for this program prior to that time).

Vouchers for owned cats are reserved for low-income families. A declaration of income will be required. A maximum of 2 vouchers per household will be issued where the cats are owned. For feral cat caregivers, a maximum of 2 vouchers per household will be issued with no income restrictions. In both cases, the applicant must be over the age of 18.

Vouchers will be once again issued through the City’s 311 contact centre. Interested residents should call 311 to inquire no earlier than 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, and those who meet the eligibility criteria will receive their vouchers in the mail.

For program details and updates visit www.citywindsor.ca  or call 311.
P2P Presentations
Want to know more about Windsor-Essex's social investment strategy, Pathway to Potential? Request a presentation!

We present to community groups, businesses, and classrooms of all kinds. Our presentations discuss the Windsor-Essex context, available programming, discounts for persons living in low-income, and much more!
90% Recreation Discount for Cannon Cove, Adventure Bay, P2P Brokerage and More!
Healthy Smiles Ontario
Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) is a government funded dental program that provides free preventative, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under who qualify.

Children and youth 17 and under may be eligible for the HSO program if they are:
  • Residents of Ontario and
  • members of a household that meets the income eligibility requirements.

Children 17 and under are automatically eligible and automatically enrolled in the HSO program when they or their family receive Ontario Works (OW), Temporary Care Assistance, Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities or the Ontario Disabilities Support Program (ODSP). Children and youth with other dental insurance coverage can still receive care under the Healthy Smiles Ontario – Emergency and Essential Services Stream (HSO-EESS) component of the program.
What services are covered?
The program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the costs of treatment including:
  • checkups
  • x-rays
  • scaling (cleaning)
  • sealants
  • fillings for a cavity
  • removal of teeth
  • urgent or emergency dental care (including treatment of a child’s toothache or tooth pain)
  • topical fluoride treatments

Cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening and braces (i.e., orthodontics), are not covered by the program.

How to Enroll

There are three ways to apply for the HSO program:
  • Apply online at ontario.ca/healthysmiles
  • Call Service Ontario INFOline toll-free at 1-844-296-6306 (TTY toll-free at 1-800-387-5559)
  • Call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Dental Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 1199

Dentists/dental offices can enroll children into the HSO-EESS component of the program. Staff at the dental office can work with parents to enrol children into the program
Did you know?
Information about the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program is available on the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website at https://www.wechu.org/dental/ontario-seniors-dental-care-program
PROSPERUS Is Looking For Youth To Join Y-CAN
If you're a student in West Windsor, Downtown Windsor or Leamington looking to better your community, Y-CAN may be for you!

Click here to sign up now as limited spots are available! Last day to sign up is Wednesday, February 26.
SAVE THE DATE: Point-In-Time Count 2020
In April 2016, the City of Windsor in collaboration with the Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex County coordinated its first local Point-in-Time Count and 20,000 Homes Campaign Registry Week enumeration initiatives. The second Point in Time count took place in April 2018. 

Please SAVE THE DATE for the third Point-In-Time Count scheduled for April 20 & 21 2020.

For more information, please contact Kelly Goz, Coordinator of Housing Administration and Development at kgoz@citywindsor.ca .
Are you planning on volunteering for the 2020 Point-In-Time Count?
04/20/20 - 04/21/20

I'll be there!
I can't make it
Municipal Social Investment Efforts
City of Windsor
Stephen Lynn
519-255-5200 ext. 5302
Pathway to Potential Recreation Discount
City of Windsor
Tam Nguyen
519-253-2300 ext. 2722
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