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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.

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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Sport & Recreation Subsidy  for Children and Youth

Ontario Works and ODSP recipients are eligible for a $200 subsidy for each dependent child in a calendar year to participate in recreational or social activities. Read our Brochure on different subsidy programs available to those who qualify. 

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!