Back in March, the Ontario government announced an emergency top-up for recipients of Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program covering those who do not qualify for federal emergency benefits. The emergency assistance of an extra $100 per individual and $200 per family was initially a one-time payment, subsequently extended until July.

While the phone line to apply for the emergency assistance remains operational, Income Security Advocacy Centre lawyer Arash Ghiassi told PressProgress the government has not said if any extension is forthcoming.

“I don’t know how the government expects recipients to be able to cope with the pandemic without any additional support by August 1,” Ghiassi said.