November: Information Sharing Edition
 In this edition: 

  • Latest P2P Presentations
  • Drouillard Place & Grandview EarlyON Centres Reopening
  • Healthy and Active Winter Possible Thanks to Safety Precautions
  • WECF Accepting Applications for the Gender Equality Fund
  • Early Years CAN Working Group Membership Opportunity
  • SECC Virtual Information Sessions for Newcomers
  • MCC November Activities and Programming
  • UHC Hosting Online Newcomer Classes
  • Service Canada Webinars
  • In the News
  • Local COVID-19 Information & Resources
Latest P2P Presentations
Pathway to Potential hosted a Lunch & Learn webinar on October 16, 2020 to acknowledge the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The presentation focused on poverty in Canada and Windsor-Essex, children and youth living in low-income families and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on this vulnerable group.

P2P community partners Drouillard Place and CommUnity Partnership participated and spoke about the ways their programming for children and youth has been impacted this year.

If you would like to learn more, please download a copy of the presentation.
Pathway to Potential was asked to present about poverty and social investment efforts to students at the University of Windsor in the LEAD program. More than 60 people attended the virtual presentation on October 22, 2020.

Leadership Experience for Academic Direction (LEAD) is an service-learning course offered to interested Junior-Intermediate and Intermediate-Senior Teacher Candidates through a partnership with the Faculty of Education, University of Windsor and the Windsor Essex Catholic and Greater Essex County District School Boards.

The objectives of LEAD are to gain an understanding of youth in the 21st century who are identified at risk. The LEAD program provides a unique field experience where the teacher candidate is mentored by both the Student Success teacher, as well as the Associates from their teachable areas and examines alternate forms of education.
Drouillard Place & Grandview EarlyON Centres Reopening
Drouillard Place and Grandview EarlyON Child & Family Centres reopened Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Program hours are as follows:
  • Every weekday morning (Monday-Friday) from 9:00-11:00 am
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 pm

Please note that pre-registration is required as there are limited spaces available. For more information or to register, please call 519-253-1073.

For more information about Drouillard Place, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Please visit the EarlyON Child & Family Centres website for more information about all Windsor-Essex locations.
Healthy and Active Winter Possible Thanks to Safety Precautions
As temperatures begin to drop, the City of Windsor is supporting residents’ efforts to remain physically and mentally fit despite pandemic-related restrictions. 

While prioritizing the health and safety of recreation facility users and staff, the Recreation and Culture Department continues to provide additional programming options. In addition to offering aquatic and arena services, the City of Windsor has cautiously increased services to include adult and youth programming. The additional programming offerings includes yoga, tai chi, karate and pre/post school programs for children and youth.

Additional program offerings will be considered based on resident demand and advice from local and provincial public health officials. For a full list of recreation activities currently available, visit

For the outdoor enthusiast, there are more than 130 km of paved park trails across the City of Windsor, so with appropriate attire, walking, running and even cycling will continue to be year-round options.

The City’s two outdoor skating rinks are in the early preparation stages and will both be open to residents in December.

Read the full recreation programming update by the City of Windsor.
WECF Accepting Applications for the Gender Equality Fund
From November 3 to 30, 2020, the WindsorEssex Community Foundation will be accepting applications for funding from organizations at the “heart” of the women’s movement, with a focus on organizations that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to empowering women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people through their mission, activities, or partnerships.

Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to pilot new initiatives, to address long-standing community needs, or to support a just recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The initiatives themselves may touch on a wide range of areas that are affected by gender equality, including food insecurity, income inequality, racial injustice, domestic violence, and many more. In particular, the Fund will prioritize initiatives and organizations that are ‘self-led’—those that are led by the same groups that they focus on serving.

Applications will be reviewed in December and it is expected that funding will be issued in January 2021. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit the foundation website for eligibility and application details.

The application deadline is Monday, November 30.

For more information please visit the Community Foundations of Canada portal.
Early Years CAN Working Group Membership Opportunity
ProsperUs is expanding its Community Action Network (CAN) to include an Early Years focused working group. Members of this group will work together to tackle barriers faced by young children and their families in their community by designing solutions.

Selected applicants will receive a stipend of $14 per hour for meeting attendance (meetings are bi-weekly and virtual right now). Preference will be given to parents with children in the 0-6 age range. There are supports available to help members access the meetings online if that is a barrier to their participation.

Applications are made online by filling out a survey at Additionally, if applicants require a translated or paper copy version, they can download a word document from the website in English, Spanish, Arabic, French or Chinese and follow instructions at the website to submit.

Any questions need to be directed to Karlene Nielsen at or 226-344-6401.
SECC Virtual Information Sessions for Newcomers
The South Essex Community Council (SECC) is hosting virtual information sessions for newcomers in November 2020.
A PDF of the schedule is available here.
MCC November Activities and Programming
The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (MCC) is hosting activities and workshops throughout the month of November.
Download a PDF of their programs here.
UHC Hosting Online Newcomer Classes
The Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor Inc. is holding online classes for newcomers, including English, the Ready to Work Program, Computer & Workplace Skills Training, and an ongoing program for newcomer youth.
Download a copy of the flyer here.
Service Canada Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from November 3 to 26, 2020 to provide information about federal government programs and services that could benefit your clients - including Indigenous peoples, seniors, persons with disabilities, families, youth, workers (including self-employed individuals), employers and newcomers.

Join from anywhere! The presentations are delivered via WebEx technology, with the audio portion provided via telephone. Choose to attend the webinars that are most relevant to you and your clients, the webinar schedule and topics are outlined below.

To register, please click the REGISTER NOW button below and e-mail your selection(s), you will receive joining instructions within two business days. The deadline to register is at 4:00pm, the day before any session.

For additional information, please contact by email.
For general information about Service Canada, please visit or call 1 800 O-Canada.
Free Skating at Lanspeary Park this Winter
As reported by the Windsor Star, the Lanspeary Park outdoor rink will be hosting free, all-day open skates through the winter, as the city looks for ways to help people get outside and active during the pandemic.

Recreation Executive Director Ray Mensour said the city must still finalize the hours for the Lanspeary rink and is consulting with the Windsor Essex County Health Unit about what COVID precautions to take. It is likely that numbers will be limited to 25 skaters at any one time and people will be reminded about social distancing precautions.
Ontario Helps Protect Most Vulnerable People across the Province
The Ontario government is providing municipalities and Indigenous community partners with over $241 million to help more than 110,000 Ontarians affected by COVID-19, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The provincial funding is part of the government's $510 million investment to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people. Funding will be delivered through the Social Services Relief Fund and will be used to support homeless shelters, create or renovate more than 1,500 housing units and expand rent support programs.

Read the full news release for more information.
Ontario Expanding Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
The Ontario government is providing $24.3 million in targeted investments to hire additional staff, increase access to counselling and therapy, create new programs to help manage stress, depression and anxiety, and address eating disorders and other challenges facing children and youth. This funding is part of the government's $176 million investment in the Roadmap to Wellness, a comprehensive plan to build a fully connected mental health and addictions system across the province.

Read details about this announcement in the Ontario Newsroom.
Ontario Invests $550 Million to Build and Upgrade Schools
The Ontario government is investing $550 million to build 20 new schools and eight permanent school additions across the province in 2020-21. These new projects will create nearly 16,000 new student learning spaces and 870 new licensed child care spaces as part of the government's ongoing efforts to improve and build modern schools.

Read the full news release for more details.
Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and Abilities
Ontario is investing $2 million over two years through its new Inclusive Community Grants program to strengthen communities and provide local opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities.

Municipalities and local organizations can use the funding towards projects such as:
  • undertaking local needs assessments to determine gaps in existing supports for seniors and people with disabilities;
  • developing action plans and implementing virtual programs;
  • retrofitting buildings with ramps and accessible washrooms; and
  • installing self-serve kiosks with software that people with vision or hearing loss can use. 
Through the Inclusive Community Grant, municipalities and local organizations across Ontario can receive up to $60,000 for projects that foster inclusive community involvement for older adults and people of all abilities, using the province's age-friendly community planning guide.
Prosper Canada Report Shines a Light on Consumer Debt

The report analyzes the distribution, amount and composition of non-mortgage debt held by low- and moderate-income Canadian households and explores implications for federal and provincial/territorial policy makers as they develop and implement COVID-19 economic recovery plans and fulfill their respective regulatory roles.

Key findings from the report:
  • Almost half of low-income households and 62% of moderate-income households carry debt.
  • Low-income households spend 31% of their incomes on debt repayment.
  • Credit card debt and installment loans are the most common forms of debt held by low- and moderate-income households with debt.
  • Installment loans from high-cost credit lenders have emerged as a new alternative to payday loans and are the fastest growing form of consumer credit in Canada.
  • Most indebted households hold consumer debt – including credit card and installment debt, auto loans and student loans, with prevalence ranging from 83 per cent of the highest income indebted households to 91 and 92 per cent of indebted low-income and moderate-income households respectively.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted in stark terms how financially unprepared most Canadian households were to weather a major economic shock – having low savings and record high debt levels.

Access the full news release here.
Local COVID-19 Information & Resources
As of June 26, 2020, it became mandatory to wear a face mask or covering in commercial establishments in Windsor-Essex. Full details of the order by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit can be found here.
The City of Windsor and other areas of Essex County have issued orders for mask use in indoor public spaces.

The Government of Canada has provided a web page outlining safe and proper use of masks during COVID-19. Resources are available for download in multiple languages.
Drive thru Food Bank Locations in Windsor-Essex:
Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor Inc.
6955 Cantelon Dr., Windsor, ON
P: 519-944-4900
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

St. Michael's Adult Secondary School 
477 Detroit St., Windsor, ON
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Community Support Centre of Essex County 
Community Food Pantry 
962 Old Tecumseh Rd., Puce, ON
P: 519-728-1435 
DRIVE THRU OPEN: Monday & Wednesday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM 
Salvation Army Leamington 
88 Setterington St., Leamington, ON
P: 519-326-0319 
Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex
1551 Wyandotte St. W., Windsor, ON
Tuesday & Thursday
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Municipal Social Investment Efforts
City of Windsor
Stephen Lynn
519-255-5200 ext. 5302
Teresa Falsetta Aflak
519-255-5200 ext. 6809
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