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OW Payment Dates

Ontario Works Payments August 2016
September 2016 October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017
Direct deposit statements /
cheques received by: 
July 29 August 31
September 30
October 31 November 30 December 30

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 cost
  • Employment assistance to help you prepare for and find a job.

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 Drug Benefit Plan

Changes to the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan started September 2016. You will now need to use your Ontario Health card to access the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan. If you do not have a current Ontario Health card, you can apply for a new one for free here! If you have any questions please contact your Case Manager. For more details about the program, read the flyer

Ontario Works Updates

Child Support Exemption

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

Subsidized City Bus Passes

You may be eligible to get a subsidized monthly City transit pass! Read more about it here.

Recent Changes to Ontario Works & You

Read more about the new earnings exemption here!