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Grab your face masks & refresh your pandemic protocol. SSVP Brant Thrift Store is gearing up to re-open (again)!

Based on the tentative Ontario reopening timetable announced on May 20th, this is our plan:

As of June 1st, we began preparations (sorting etc.) for reopening.

  • On Saturday, June 12th we will resume Saturday pick up & delivery of furniture;
  • On Tuesday, June 15th we will reopen for retail shopping, following our pandemic schedule of Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. until 2:30. Note: For the first few weeks we will be limited to 6 shoppers at a time (i.e. 15% capacity) in the retail space – so we will be limiting shopping time to 30-minute periods;
  • On Wednesday, June 16th we will resume our pandemic practice of accepting non-furniture donations each Wednesday between 9 a.m. & noon. Furniture donations will be accepted by appointment for either pick up or drop off (email ssvpbrant@gmail.com or call 519-751-0143).

NOTE: Even if the province moves up the date for Stage 1 reopening (to earlier than June 14th) we will stick with this schedule so that our preparations can be completed. Of course, if Stage 1 is delayed we will have to comply with whatever new date is set.


Information for our Neighbours in Need during the COVID-19 Pandemic – as of May 20, 2021

1. Local Notes

Brant Food for Thought

School-aged children have been missing out on the breakfast and snack offered at school. Brant Food for Thought now 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 webpage gives info re: times and procedures.

https://brantfoodforthought.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/BFFT-Emergency-Food-Access_MAY-2021.pdf

Brantford Food Bank

The Brantford Food Bank is now OPEN on Mondays. More information about the Brantford Food Bank services is available at https://crs-help.ca/foodbank/

2. Federal Government Benefits

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

People who were receiving CRB, may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits (the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Recovery Sickness Benefit or the Caregiving Benefit). They are retroactive to September 27, 2020 and available until September 25, 2021.

The Canada Recovery Benefit is taxable and has tax deducted at source.  It provides eligible workers with $500 per week for up to 38 weeks. It is for those who are not employed or self-employed due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. This benefit is paid in two-week periods and recipients must reapply every two weeks.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) – Canada.ca

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) is for employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19. Individuals who have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19 are also eligible.  Recipients receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period.  If the health situation continues past 1 week, it is necessary to reapply for up to a total of 4 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) – Canada.ca

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit is a taxable payment of $500 per week ($450 after taxes are withheld), for up to 38 weeks per household. This benefit is for individuals and families impacted by the closure of schools and other programs.  This benefit is available between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) – Canada.ca

Temporary Changes to Employment Insurance

Temporary changes have been made to the Employment Insurance (EI) program to help you access EI benefits. Follow the link below to see if the changes apply to you.

Employment Insurance – COVID-19 – Canada.ca

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 available at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/covid-19-benefits-credits-support-payments/gst-hst.html

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.

3. Provincial Government Benefits

Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit

The benefit provides financial support to families with young learners to help with additional costs during the pandemic. Payments will be issued starting on April 26: $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 or $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. 

If families have already received payments through the Support for Learners program in 2020, they do not need to apply for this additional payment. If they missed applying they must do so now.  Applications will be open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-ontario-covid-19-child-benefit

Tenant evictions are currently on hold in Ontario.


Seeking Volunteer Coordinator

(Note: this is an unpaid position)

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) Brant provides emergency assistance to our neighbours in need in Brantford and Brant County in the form of clothing, household items, furniture and non-perishable food or grocery gift cards. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul serves the poor, while promoting their dignity, making no distinctions of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender, or political opinions.

SSVP conference members visit those in need in their homes and provide vouchers which are used to shop free at our Thrift Store. Over 75 volunteers work at our Thrift Store.

The Role
As the SSVP Brant Volunteer Coordinator (unpaid position), you will facilitate the selection and development of volunteers at the Thrift Store. (8 – 10 flexible hours per week on site and at home).

What makes you right to be the SSVP Thrift Store Volunteer Coordinator?

  • You enjoy people and building positive relationships and as a team player you are effective at problem solving through consensus and collaboration.
  • You communicate comfortably and effectively one-on-one and in small groups, in writing, orally and using technology.
  • You are detail-oriented at gathering and maintaining human resources records and refining training materials, job descriptions.
  • You are committed to maintaining an efficient and safe operation (proper health and safety procedures, etc.).
  • You have some direct or related experience in recruiting and training volunteers.

Application Forms:

MS Word format / .pdf Format / Fillable .pdf

  • email – ssvpbrant@gmail.com OR
  • mail – PO Box 23060, Brantford, ON, N3T 6K4

Application will be accepted from June 1 – June 30, 2021.

Only applicants offered an interview will be contacted.


Stay-At-Home Order


As directed by the provincial announcement on April 7, 2021, SSVP Brant Thrift Store, 143 Wellington St., Brantford, is closed effective immediately. This applies to all facets of our operation – shopping, accepting donations, pick up and delivery etc.

The only exceptions will be emergency food assistance to those who reach out to us provided by our conference members – as that is allowed under the provision “providing service to the vulnerable”.

To those we serve in Brantford/Brant: if you require emergency food assistance during this period, call the phone number for our branch (conference) that covers your area – to hear how they are adapting their service for you …

– Blessed Sacrament (Burford, Scotland, West Brantford) 519-865-1562
– Sacred Heart (Paris & St. George) 519-442-2465
– St. Basil (Central Brantford) 519-752-0243
– St. Mary (East & South Brantford) 226-208-6846
– St. Pius X (North Brantford) 519-753-9052

Stay Safe!


Update: Bed for Every Child Program

In 2014, SSVP Brant established this program to assist those in need in Brantford and Brant County by providing new beds to children who were doing without. To date (early 2021), we have distributed more than 700 beds through the program!!

For details of the operation see this earlier post  A Bed for Every Child – Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (ssvpbrant.ca).

Now we have great news for the future of the program! Thanks to a grant from Brant United Way we will be able to maintain the program through 2021. Yes, we are on the list at the bottom of this article Music program for deafblind gets Brant United Way boost | Brantford Expositor.

The usual fundraising activities in support of the program are primarily through BHNCDSB schools, especially Assumption College. The pandemic has severely restricted such activities. A few schools are persevering but the United Way funding is very welcome. We look forward to working with the schools and other local supporters of the Bed for Every Child program in 2022.