Halton offers critical supports for residents in need

Halton is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of all residents, no matter what their income, age or stage of life. The diversity of our community is one of the things that makes Halton such a great place to live and by supporting those who need help, we’re helping to ensure that people who want to live in Halton can.

Housing Services

Ensuring access to safe, affordable and accessible housing is a priority for Halton and between 2008 and 2016 Halton will have created 1,323 new government assisted housing opportunities – an achievement which is one of the best in Ontario! Halton Region invests $35.9 million annually in our social infrastructure through Halton’s Comprehensive Housing Strategy (2014-2024) which provides government assisted housing options for low income residents. To help keep people in their homes, the Region offers residents a wide range of housing supports including subsidized housing, access to affordable market housing, housing with supports and proactive financial assistance to help cover rental arrears, utility arrears and other housing costs. To learn more, you can visit halton.ca/housing.

Employment Services

If you are looking for a job, interested in a new career or are an employer in Halton who wants help attracting candidates, Halton’s Employment Services can help. The Employment Halton offices in Oakville and Milton offer a comprehensive range of programs and services to more than 8,000 job seekers and 200 employers every year. Our employment resource centre, free online job posting board at haltonjobs.ca, and job fairs held throughout the year, can all help job seekers and employers enhance their professional presence in Halton.

SPLIT Pass program

Another program making a positive impact in our region is Halton’s SPLIT pass program, which shares (or splits) the cost of a local bus pass to help eligible residents get to work, school or appointments. The SPLIT pass program is available for lower income students, adults or seniors in Halton who qualify. Covering 50 per cent of the cost of a monthly local bus pass in Burlington, Milton or Oakville, this program makes a difference to almost 550 monthly pass holders in Halton Region every month.

Child care

Quality child care is a critical resource for so many families in Halton. In order to support families who are working, training or attending school, we offer financial assistance with the cost of child care through a child care subsidy. To find out if you’re eligible for the subsidy, you can use our easy online child care subsidy calculator or dial 311.

Oral Health

Oral health is an important part of your overall wellbeing and problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. Responding to dental issues can make a big difference to your health because what’s going on in your mouth can be a sign of other health problems you may be experiencing. Halton Region offers financial assistance for dental treatment for youth 17 and under through the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program. Also, there may be financial assistance available for low-income adults and seniors who qualify.

Nutrition programs

Halton also has nutrition programs and services, connecting residents with healthy resources and supports to ensure everyone has access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. The Where to Get Help in Halton guide is just one the great resources Halton offers to help connect residents in need to community services such as food banks and emergency food programs.

Through these Regional programs and by working together with our community partners, we can keep our communities safe and healthy for everyone, no matter what your income, and keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.