Government Benefits – Covid-19

Last Update 19 May 2020

Below are Benefits specific to Cobourg Residents (Municipal) plus links to Federal, Provincial and other benefits.


Transit service will be provided at no charge until May 31, 2020 and riders will only use the rear door for entry and exit.

Free parking at all municipal lots and at all municipal meters until May 31, 2020 

Upon request, payments on pre-authorized payment plans may be delayed.

Federal Government

Updated Federal Government page here.

Emergency Community Support Fund – administered by Northumberland United Way – for charities providing services – Details here. NEW


A comprehensive updated list of Support is provided by MPP David PicciniGO HERE


As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, households, farms and small businesses who pay time-of-use electricity rates will be charged off-peak rates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 45 days – that’s to 31 May. Lakefront bills one month behind, so customers will not see this reflected until your next bill.

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Northumberland County will receive $1,397,700 to help fund assistance to people needing social assistance such as the homeless and users of foodbanks as well as promotion of healthy behaviours such as social distancing.

Support for Business – Ontario Government page listing support for Business. 

Day Care Subsidies

If you are an approved profession then you can receive free day care.  The list  of approved professions was expanded on April 20. The list and application information is available at the County web site here although it’s Provincially funded.  The list was expanded on April 29 – see additional eligible occupations here. 

Seniors Drug Cost

The maximum number of days for a prescription is 30 days instead of tha usual 90 days so dispensing fees are tripled – typically $4.11 per prescription.  But now until July 1, 2020 this is reduced to zero.  In addition, if prescription costs are still high, households can apply for an income reassessment to help reduce the financial burden for families during the outbreak.

Non-Government Help

Other groups are also helping

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