Programs to Assist with Rent and Utilities

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Residents of Dufferin County who are experiencing difficulty paying rent or utilities may be eligible for financial assistance through one of the following programs.

Homelessness Prevention Program

Residents of Dufferin County who are experiencing a housing crisis may be eligible for financial assistance to help find or keep housing. Eligible expenses may include last month’s rent deposits or rental arrears. Utility assistance may include help with deposits, arrears, and disconnections. For more information, see the application or call 519.941.6991 ext. 2110.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

Customers of Hydro One and/Enbridge may qualify for financial assistance through LEAP. For more information, call United Way Simcoe Muskoka LEAP Program at 1.855.487.5327.

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)

OESP is an electricity support program intended to provide ongoing monthly bill payment support to low income consumers. To complete the application online, visit the OESP website

For additional assistance, please contact Dufferin County Community Services at 519.941.6991 ext. 2110.