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OW Payment Dates

Ontario Works Payments January 2017 February 2017 March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
Direct deposit statements /
cheques received by: 
December 30 January 21 February 28 March 31 April 28 May 31

Visit our Programs & Services page for information on other types of financial assistance and supports. 

About Ontario Works

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If you are in temporary financial need of food, shelter or other benefits, Ontario Works may be able to help with some or all of the following:

  • Money for food
  • Help finding a job
  • Avoiding eviction
  • Preventing disconnection of hydro/heating services

To be eligible to receive Ontario Works you must:

  • Live in Ontario and have Canadian status
  • Need money right away to help pay for food and housing costs

You may also have to take part in activities that will help you find a job depending on your situation.


For information about your Rights, Responsibilities and our commitment to you, please watch our Video.

How Ontario Works Can Help You

If you qualify, Ontario Works can provide you with:

  • Financial assistance to help you cover the costs of food and housing
  • Employment assistance to help you prepare for and find a job.
  • Assistance with child care expenses. Visit our Children's Services page for more information.

The amount of money you may receive from Ontario Works will depend on your:

  • Family size
  • Other income
  • Assets (property, investments, other money available to you)
  • The cost of your housing, heat, and hydro

Contact Ontario Works at (705) 748-8830 for more information.

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Ontario Electricity Support Program

Do you know about the Ontario Electricity Support Program? The program can provide monthly credits on your Electricity Bill between $30 to $50 depending on household income, the reliance on medical devices, or if you belong to First Nations or Metis. You can:

  • Contact your Case Manager for more information
  • Connect with the Housing Resource Centre for assistance with the application
  • Get more details of the program by visiting the website 

Ontario Works Updates

Ontario Health Cards become Drug Eligibility Card

As of December 1st Ontario Works and ODSP clients must use their Ontario Health Card to access drug coverage under the Ontario Drug Benefit program.

Ontario Works Information Sheet

This one page flyer gives you quick access to important Ontario Works information!

Child Support Exemption

Read the new changes coming February 1, 2017 for child support for children on Ontario Works.