COVID-19 Community Supports

Basic Needs Information

For information on grocery stores, food banks/free meals, and community agencies serving Middlesex County residents, click here – this document will be updated regularly, but we recommend you contact the organization to confirm services and hours of operation.

Social Service Supports in Middlesex during COVID-19

Please click here for information related to Ontario Works, Homeless Prevention Supports, Food Banks and Free Take-out Meals, Social Housing, and Counselling Services.

To view supports for seniors age 55+, please click here.

United Way Elgin Middlesex - COVID-19

To learn more about how to support, donate and access services for our most vulnerable populations during COIVD-19, please click here.

Community organizations serving vulnerable populations are encouraged to apply for funding to support their work through the Emergency Community Support Fund. This fund is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada and the Government of Canada. Please click here to learn more about the eligibility requirements to apply for the fund. Applications will be accepted until June 12, 2020.

Middlesex County Library Services 

As a result of COVID-19, Middlesex County Library Services have been forced to close their physical doors to the public.  Access to library services is available to the community online.  Please click here to access these services.

Employment Opportunities

Are you looking and available for work?  Several opportunities currently exist to continue to offer essential services in our community.  For the latest job postings available, please visit the County's employment website at

Government of Canada Supports 

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant, and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to visit the Government of Canada site for more information on Canada's Economic Response Plan, and to apply for a range of supports addressing individuals, families, and businesses.

Ontario Government Supports 

The Ontario Community Support Program will serve low-income seniors and people with disabilities in need such as those in supportive housing environments or community-based independent living programs. For more information and updates on this program, please click here.

Mental Health and Well-being 

At the County of Middlesex, we recognize that passive recreation activities are beneficial to our health and wellness, therefore, all of our County woodlots and trails continue to be open to the public, dawn until dusk. We encourage you to visit some greenspace for your physical and mental health during COVID-19.
To ensure any and all individuals and families access and enjoy these outdoor spaces in a responsible and safe manner, we ask that all individuals observe a few common sense rules for their own and others safety. 
During COVID-19 using our County woodlot trails safely includes adhering to the following rules:
  • Please stay at home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick, don’t risk others health and well-being by spreading the virus.
  • Enjoy the county woodlots and the trails with your immediate family only. In keeping with Public Health recommendations, we strongly discourage gatherings of groups of people. 
  • Using the trails safely by keeping a distance of at least two arms lengths (6ft/2m) between yourself and other visitors, otherwise known as practicing social distancing.
  • Use your residential bathroom before you visit, washroom facilities are not available at any of our properties.
  • Please do not touch signage as the virus can be transferred across hard surfaces.
  • Please pack out everything you pack in, do not discard tissues etc. on our properties.
  • If you witness inappropriate behavior or large gatherings of people, please do not hesitate to call us at the number below.
  • Please wear bright or his-Visibility clothing so that others and road users can see you. 
  • Please cross roads safely and park off the public highways on the shoulder near entrances, please do not block entrances as they may be needed for emergency services and forestry staff.
  • If several cars are located where you plan to stop, please do not block public highways, drive on and choose another location to park.
  • While you are hiking you can use the locate me icon on our webpage to track your location and if you turn on the county woodlot layer on the left hand tool bar our properties are all marked clearly with a bold green boundary. Please do not stray onto private property during your activities.
Enjoy your exercise and stay safe and healthy
Middlesex County Forestry Staff
519-434-7321 ext 2253


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