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.
Click here (external link) for more information on the application process.
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. Click on 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.
What else do I need to know?
Income Reporting: You must declare any income that you receive on a monthly basis.
Cheque Information: Learn about payment methods and schedules.
Appealing Decisions: Learn if and how your decision can be appealed.
Forms: Ontario Works Forms can be found here.
Where to find us
Ontario Works is offered through four community-based offices throughout Halton Region.