Update – May 2, 2020: SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis

SSVP Brant Thrift Store remains closed under the province’s Emergency Orders. Keep checking our FaceBook page and ssvpbrant.ca for updates.

To those we serve: if you require emergency service (food assistance only) during this period call the phone number for our branch (conference) that covers your area:

  • Burford, Scotland, West Brant – Blessed Sacrament: 519-865-1562
  • Paris & St. George – Sacred Heart: 519-442-2465
  • Central Brantford – St. Basil: 519-752-0243
  • East & South Brantford – St. Mary: 226-208-6846 (no office hours at this time)
  • North Brantford – St. Pius X: 519-753-9052.

To our dedicated volunteers: we miss you, hope you are staying safe – and sane – and wish that we can be together some time soon to continue our service to those in need in Brantford/Brant.

To those who support us:

  • Your best wishes and prayers are appreciated.
  • Thank you for holding your donations of gently used items until we are re-opened and ready to accept and process them in a safe manner.
  • With our Store and our parishes closed, the funds necessary for our service are unavailable to us. If you are able, your financial support is welcome. Click here to donate directly to our local service.

Information for our Neighbours in Need during the Pandemic- as of April 17, 2020

Local Notes

School-aged children have been missing out on the breakfast and snack programs offered at school. Brant Food for Thought will now be distributing Nutritious Food Boxes through the Food Bank, the Salvation Army (city and Paris locations), Brant Community Church, the 3 large rent-geared-to-income sites and the Burford Food Bank. Their website gives info re: times and procedures.


The Brantford Food Bank is now closed on Mondays. They had planned to transition (in March) to a shopping on points basis for clients but this is been delayed.

Brantford Transit has reduced service to hourly and is limiting the number of passengers but the service is free at present.

Government Benefits due to Pandemic

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • is a taxable benefit that provides $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose income as a result of the pandemic due to job loss, illness, quarantine, caring for others (including children) and work disruption
  • an individual can earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.

The CERB is available to workers who meet all of the following conditions:

  • live in Canada and are at least 15 years old
  • stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and Oct. 3, 2020
  • did not voluntarily quit their job and had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application
  • would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and are unable to work due to COVID-19
  • CERB also applies to contract workers and self-employed individuals
  • Canadians who would have received EI benefits below the $2,000-per-month threshold will now be bumped up to the maximum payment
  • EI-eligible workers will still qualify for their usual benefits, whether lower or higher than $2000-per-month, after the four-month CERB period
  • those applying for EI sickness benefits are no longer required to provide a medical certificate
  • applications opened online and by phone on April 6, with payments to arrive within five days for direct deposits and within 10 days for cheques by mail
  • more information is available at canada.ca/coronavirus-CERB


GST Credit Increase

Those eligible for the GST credit will receive a one-time special payment of about $400 for singles and $600 for couples on April 9. More information about eligibility

The extra payment amount will be received automatically for those who normally receive the GST/HST credit and have filed a 2018 tax return. Payments will be issued on April 9, 2020.

Canada Child Benefit Increase

The maximum annual CCB payment amount will increase for the 2019-20 benefit year by $300 per child as part of the May payment. The average increase for families will be approximately $550.

The income tax filing deadline for individuals is now June 1.  Individuals that owe taxes can defer payments until September. The Canada Revenue Agency has also halted debt collection.

Those who expect to receive the GST credit and/or Canada Child Benefit (CCB) should file their 2019 returns as soon as possible to ensure their entitlements for the 2020-21 benefit year are properly determined.

Ontario Government’s $200 Childcare Support Benefit

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
  • this benefit is available to parents irrespective of their income
  • if parents are already receiving Support for Parents’ payments (due to the teacher’s strike) through direct deposit, they will be automatically eligible for this financial support and do not need to submit a new application
  • Applications can only be submitted online.

Student Loans – Payments are paused from March 30 until Sept. 30, with no accrual of interest.

No new eviction notices are to be issued and sheriffs have been advised not to follow through on existing eviction orders.

UPDATE April 5, 2020: SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis

To help our community and our world manage this threat, SSVP Brant Thrift Store has been closed since Tuesday, March 17th.

As we do not qualify as an “essential business” in the province we could not re-open at this time even if we decided this would be feasible or wise. At this time it is our plan to extend the closing of our Store until (at least) May 4, 2020. Continue reading “UPDATE April 5, 2020: SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis”

SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis

To help our community and our world manage this threat, SSVP Brant Thrift Store will be closed from Tuesday, March 17th until Monday, April 6th inclusive. At that time we will re-assess the situation, following the advice of the Brant County Health Unit.

Continue reading “SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis”

For Saving for Success (Canada Learning Bond program)- a successful event!

by Marg Beach, Director of Systemic Change, SSVP Brant

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Brant celebrated National Education Savings Week by hosting a Canada Learning Bond sign up event at our Thrift Store on Nov. 23rd, 2019.  The Canada Learning Bond provides up to $2,000 in education savings funds for each eligible child. Continue reading “For Saving for Success (Canada Learning Bond program)- a successful event!”

Youth (not necessarily!) Wasted on the Young!!!

By Peter Giordano, SSVP Brant VP (Youth)

Note: This article is best read while playing Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love” in the background.

♪♫  I believe the children are our future…  ♪♫ Continue reading “Youth (not necessarily!) Wasted on the Young!!!”

Highlights of ONRC fall meeting – in Brantford Sept. 20 & 21, 2019

Friday night’s celebration at St. Pius X parish hall began with a presentation emceed by SSVP Brant VP (Youth) Peter Giordano highlighting our strong partnership with the students of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board. Students and their supportive teachers described their contributions to our service. Continue reading “Highlights of ONRC fall meeting – in Brantford Sept. 20 & 21, 2019”

Blessing and Dedication of SSVP Brant Thrift Store

May 11, 2019, Brantford, ON.

It’s a celebration and a blessing of our new Thrift Store.

His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby O.M.I.  from the Diocese of Hamilton helped celebrate the opening of the new Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Brant Thrift Store in Brantford with his blessing ceremony on Saturday May 11, 2019. In addition to his blessing of the new Thrift Store Bishop Crosby recognized the work of the Brant volunteer Vincentians in helping our neighbours in need. The Bishop  stated, “This impressive new Thrift Store is a testament to the ongoing work of local Vincentian volunteers whose mission is to live the message of the gospel to serve Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.” “It was a privilege to have Bishop Crosby here to give his blessing of our new Thrift Store in Brantford” stated Pat Lenz, President, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Particular Council of Brant.

The move to the new Thrift Store at 143 Wellington Street at Clarence has been at least three years in the making since the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul decided to sell their store on Colborne Street and purchase the former Crosby Cable YMCA building.

Volunteers conducted tours for the Bishop and his deanery, dignitaries, donors and honoured invited guests. An inspiring Wall of Recognition acknowledging donors to the capital campaign was unveiled to those in attendance. Some of those recognized The City of Brantford, The Diocese of Hamilton, Empire Homes, SC Johnson & Son, Hankinson Foundation, Don & Joanne Wilkin, Steve & Helen Kun and Ron and Joan Underwood & Family. The Catholic Women’s League of St. Pius Church conducted a private reception then the new store opened to the public for shopping from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

The new Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store offers free parking for over 70 vehicles. The entire facility is on one floor making it accessible for all. It has twice the retail space, twice the loading space, twice the sorting area, a volunteer staff lunchroom, and a large boardroom and reception area including a drive up door to accept donations.

In addition, the sparkling new retail space offers clothing in one large area for women, men, and children, furniture in another area and household items in still another area. The larger space, large aisles, new shopping carts, larger private change rooms and more choice makes for a pleasant shopping experience. What also makes the SSVP Brant Thrift Store unique is that all of the people who work in the store are volunteers, including supervisory staff. Although the Society is a lay Catholic organization store volunteers come from all backgrounds and need not be affiliated with any religious organization.

Vincentians were grateful to Bishop Crosby for the blessing ceremony and look forward to seeing new  shoppers as well as familiar faces from their previous location at their new Thrift Store.   

Mother’s Day Outreach by SSVP Brant Thrift Store


May 8, 2019 by Director of Systemic Change Marg Beach: The SSVP Brant Thrift Store went out to the Stepping Stones Resource Centre at Riverside Gardens on May 8th to coincide with a children’s after school activity.  A variety of our jewellery was put on display.  Each child was able to choose a gift for their mother for Mother’s Day.  Gift bags and boxes were also supplied so that each piece of jewellery was ready for giving. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Outreach by SSVP Brant Thrift Store”

FINALLY – The opening of our new Thrift Store!


October 1, 2018, Brantford, ON.

It is a feeling of excitement, moving into a new home.

That’s the feeling shared by Pat Lenz, President of The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Brant, her executive and the many Vincentian volunteers who work in their Thrift Store. “This move has been at least three years in the making since we decided to sell our store on Colborne Street and purchase the former Crosby Cable YMCA building at 143 Wellington Street, (at Clarence), ” said Ms. Lenz.

Continue reading “FINALLY – The opening of our new Thrift Store!”