Investment Plan Approval for the Social Services Relief Fund Phase 5 Funding

Ministry of Municpal Affairs and Housing
Housing Programs Branch
777 Bay Street, 14th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 2J3

August 3, 2022

Ms. Donna Stewart
Associate Chief Administration Officer (A)
Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board
210 Mead Boulevard
Espanola, ON P5E 1R9

Dear Ms. Stewart:

Re:Investment Plan Approval for the Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) Phase 5 Funding

The Ministry has completed its review of your Investment Plan for the Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) Phase 5 and I am pleased to confirm approval of the plan as attached. Your allocation of $500,000.00 for the 2022-23 fiscal year has been entered into the Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) system.

The Ministry will review your quarterly report-back that is due on August 15, 2022 to track progress towards your planned quarterly spending amounts.
Capital Funding 
Funding for all capital projects must be committed no later than November 30, 2022. Commitment is defined as:
·    Signing a Contribution Agreement with the project proponent and
·    Registering security on title for conversion, conventional, or modular housing projects or     submitting an Agreement of Purchase and Sale for acquisition projects.

The executed Agreement of Purchase and Sale must have a closing date no later than March 1, 2023 for acquisition projects.
All capital projects must be completed, and all capital funding must be spent by March  31, 2024. 
Operating Funding 

All operating funding must be spent by December 31, 2022. Operating expenditures are considered spent if funds have been paid by December 31 and, if not paid, owed to [others] as of December 31 by Service Managers / Indigenous Program Administrators. Funds which have not been spent shall be recovered by the province.

Any funding that is not committed and spent by the above timelines, or that is not used for an eligible expense under the Program Guidelines shall be returned to the ministry on demand.

Use of Funding

Service Managers and Indigenous Program Administrators are reminded that SSRF funding is to be used only for eligible program activities and that best efforts are made to ensure the prudent use of these public funds. As with all Ministry-funded programs, program funding should be used to meet program objectives while ensuring value for money. The Ministry retains the right to audit Service Managers and Indigenous Program Administrators’ expenditures under the program.

Please note that funding allocated for administration must only be used to support the delivery of programs and services funded through the SSRF and cannot be used for any other purpose. Administration funding not required for SSRF administration may only be redirected to eligible SSRF activities.
If you wish to make an announcement of funding, I would like to remind you that you are required to notify your municipal services office well in advance for consideration by the province.

Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting the province’s most vulnerable households.

Dan Lawrence
Housing Programs Branch
c. Cindy Couillard, Team Lead, Regional Housing Services, MSO-North East Paul Prosperi, Account Manager, Housing Programs Branch