Ontario Giving Grocery Gift Cards to Canadians in Need on Jan.7, 8 (Northumberland), 9 (Durham) 2014

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This is an update to these previous blogs:

Ontario, Canada


Grocery Store Cards Made Available to More Communities

Province and Private Sector Working Together to Help Those Most in Need

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, $450,000 in grocery store cards will be made available in communities that were hard hit by the recent ice storm.

The province reached out to all impacted communities and the following have confirmed their participation in this initiative to provide grocery store cards to help those most in need:

  • Dufferin County
  • Durham Region  – distribution will take place on Thursday, Jan. 9
  • Halton Region
  • City of Hamilton
  • Northumberland County –  distribution will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 8
  • Peel Region
  • Waterloo Region
  • Wellington County
  • York Region

The grocery store cards are intended to help people who lost food and are unable to replace it without financial assistance. The initiative cannot provide grocery store cards to everyone who lost power, and is reserved for those facing the most need.

This initiative has been made possible through the generosity of Ontario’s corporate sector as well as unions and associations working with the province to quickly deliver food aid to those who most need it this week, including a major donation of $250,000 to the Canadian Red Cross from the Canadian Tire Family of Companies on behalf of Ontario’s hydro workers, in support of the province’s food support initiative.

The supply of cards is limited. Each community will be organizing the distribution of these cards locally. Those who think they might be eligible to receive a card should check their municipality’s web site and local media for further details.

Working to help communities recover from the ice storm is part of the government’s plan to work together as One Ontario to build a successful, compassionate and united province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and enjoy a high quality of life.


For more information, visit the participating communities’ websites, or call for more information.

Dufferin County: 519-941-6991, extension 2404

Durham Region: 1-888-721-0622

Halton Region: 905-825-6000

City of Hamilton: 905-546-CITY (2489)

Northumberland County: 905-372-3329, extension 2445

Peel Region: 905-791-7800

Waterloo Region: 519-883-2100

Wellington County: 519-837-2670 Ext. 4794

York Region: 1-888-256-1112, TTY: 905-762-0401

Quick Facts

  • Distribution will take place on Tuesday January 7, 2014 unless otherwise specified.
  • To date, $842,600 in food grocery cards have been distributed, helping over 8,500 families and individuals.
  • Donors for this initiative include the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, the Canadian Red Cross, Loblaw Companies, Shoppers Drug Mart, Metro, Sobeys, Bruce Power, Costco Wholesale, Northland Power, Louie Coppa Family – A Coppa Family Tradition, CUPE Local 416, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police Association, the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, Ontario Professional Fire Fighter’s Association, IBEW Construction Council of Ontario and TransCanada Corporation.
  • Ontarians are reminded to first contact their insurance companies to find out about their coverage and compensation for lost food.


“I thank all of our donors and our municipal partners for making this initiative, which has already helped thousands of families and individuals, possible. The overwhelming response in Toronto and the lessons learned there will help with the distribution in other communities.”

Madeleine Meilleur
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services


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