Temporary COVID Isolation Emergency Support Fund

The temporary COVID Isolation Emergency Support Fund (COVID IESF) has been established to assist individuals who due to a severe financial hardship are not able to access COVID testing and/or complete the required period of isolation.

This one-time assistance is available through FCJ Refugee Centre, and is for individuals not eligible to receive any other financial support.

Eligibility Criteria

All three of the following criteria must be met. The applicant is:

1. Required to isolate as they are:

  • COVID-19 positive or,
  • otherwise required to self-isolate or,
  • awaiting a test result

2. NOT eligible for federal, provincial, private income assistance or COVID benefits

3. Facing financial hardship that poses a direct barrier to seeking COVID testing and/or completing the required period of isolation

How to access it

Agencies can refer their clients that meet the above criteria by emailing Food Security Worker Arturo Calleja at


with a subject line COVIED IESF,

or by calling Arturo at 416-469-9754, ext. 231

The following information is required:

  • Name of the client
  • Their phone number
  • Email address
  • Language(s) spoken

Clients can also email or call Jessie directly, as noted above.

Remote (phone or email) appointment only.