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Extended Employment Health Benefits

Have you secured employment but still need coverage for health benefits? We understand that the cost of health benefits can be overwhelming and may jeopardize the success of your new employment. We want to assist you to make the transition to employment as successful and easy as possible.

Ask your case manager or employment counsellor for details about eligibility for this benefit. Extended Employment Health Benefits provides the help you need to exit Ontario Works when you become ineligible due to income from employment. Benefits may be provided to eligible participants for a transitional period of 6-12 months if your employer does not offer benefits. Even if there is a waiting period for your benefits, we can help until you become eligible for them.

Ontario Works Updates

New Benefits Changes

Included in the 2018 budget are benefit increases to people receiving Ontario Works for denture and vision Care.

Ontario Works Rate Changes

The Ontario government is making important changes to your Ontario Works assistance. Your benefits are increasing!

NEW Arabic Language OW Info

The Ministry of Social Services has now made an Ontario Works Video and Rights and Responsibilities document available in the Arabic language.

New Income Reporting Changes

Starting in May, your income reporting statement will look different. If you have earnings to report, you will only need to report your gross and net pays. For more details please read the Ministry's Fact Sheet.

How are we doing?

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is looking for your feedback about your experiences with Social Services and/or the Ontario Disability Support Program. Check out the short online survey here.

OW Payment Dates

Ontario Works Payments Mar. 2018 April. 2018 May. 2018 June. 2018
Direct deposit statements /
cheques received by: 
Feb. 28, 2017 Mar. 29, 2017 Apr. 30, 2018 May 31, 2018

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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