Important: Changes for Ontario Works recipients effective May and August 2018.
Change for Ontario Works recipients effective May 2018
Starting in May 2018, income reporting is getting easier. You will need to fill out only 3 things in your Statement of Income form:
- gross pay (before deductions)
- net pay (after deductions)
- any garnishments (such as child support payments)
Changes for Ontario Works recipients effective August 2018
Starting in August 2018:
- eligible family members will be added to your monthly Statement of Assistance. This may be used to help determine your family’s eligibility for additional supports, such as housing subsidies.
- you will no longer receive a paper drug card with your statement. Instead, you can use your Ontario health card or another form of government identification to access Ontario Works health benefits, such as prescription drugs and eye exams.
Learn more about these changes at ontario.ca/socialassistance (external link).
What is Ontario Works?
The Ontario Works (external link) (OW) program provides temporary financial assistance to people who are in need. The program also provides employment supports to help individuals find employment.
You may be eligible for Ontario Works if you:
- live in Ontario
- are in financial need (your household income does not cover basic living requirements)
- are committed to finding and keeping a job (unless you have a specific circumstance that prevents you from doing so)
Your income, assets, living arrangements, family size and circumstances are also used to determine your eligibility.
How do I apply?
To apply for Ontario Works:
- Call 311 or 905-825-6000
- Toll Free: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
- TTY: 905-827-9833
You will be contacted to schedule an in-person meeting. This meeting will be used to help determine your eligibility for the program.
Get information on the application process (external link).
What benefits can I receive?
In addition to your monthly cheque and your drug card, you may also be eligible to receive other benefits (e.g. dental, vision, medical treatments, supplies, equipment and related costs, etc.). Visit the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services site for a summary of benefits (external link).
You may also qualify for the following benefits. Use the links below for more information and talk to your case manager to find out if you qualify.
If you are in receipt of Ontario Works assistance, Halton Region may be able to help you with the cost of food.
- Child care:
- The child care subsidy program helps Halton families who qualify with the cost of child care. For information about the program, click here.
- Activities for children:
- If you are in receipt of Ontario Works assistance, your children may be eligible for subsidies for recreational activities such as sports, art and music.
- Eyeglasses/eye appointments:
- All children in receipt of Ontario Works assistance are eligible for basic vision care coverage.
- Dental care:
Halton Region Housing Services supports low and moderate income households with housing and/or financial assistance. Click here to see what supports might be available to you.