ONTARIO WORKS - SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
The intent of the Ontario Works program is to help people in financial need, find sustainable employment, and achieve self-reliance through the provision of effective, integrated employment services and financial assistance.
Ontario Works offers two types of assistance;
Financial Assistance: Help with the essential costs of living (such as basic needs and shelter costs) and benefits for clients and their eligible family members
Employment Assistance: To help clients find, prepare for and keep a job. This assistance may include:
- Job counseling
- Job-specific training
- Access to basic education, so clients can finish high school or improve their language skills
In most cases, a client must agree to participate in employment assistance activities in order to receive financial assistance.
Emergency Assistance is also available to people who are in an emergency situation (e.g. people who have lost their homes, are leaving an abusive relationship in relocating, and/or are worried about their safety).
Also, our department has support for Ontario Disability Support Clients.