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Grocery Gift Cards Help Families in Communities Across Ontario

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Grocery Gift Cards Help Families in Communities Across Ontario

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

Ministry of the Solicitor General

This week, an additional 2,781 families and individuals in 10 communities across southern Ontario received grocery cards to replace the food they lost during the ice storm. More than 12,000 families and individuals received over $1 million worth of grocery cards.

The grocery card initiative is now complete in all 11 regions where it was rolled out: Dufferin County, Peel Region, Waterloo Region, Wellington County, Halton Region, Durham Region, Six Nations, Northumberland, Hamilton, York Region and Toronto.

The grocery cards helped people who had lost food and were unable to replace it without financial assistance. All remaining grocery cards are being provided to local food banks for the purchase of high-demand items to help the communities impacted by the ice storm.

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, 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. 

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. 

Quick Facts

  • 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, and IBEW Construction Council of Ontario.


“I am pleased this initiative has been able to help more than 12,000 families and individuals who were affected by the ice storm. It shows what we are capable of accomplishing when we stand together to help people in their times of need. We could not have done this without the generosity of our corporate partners, unions and associations, and the help of communities across the province. I thank them for working with us to deliver this important program in a timely manner.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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