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Self Employment Program

Are you receiving Ontario Works and have a business or business idea, but don’t know where to start? The Self Employment program at Ontario Works, along with the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) can help! 

Together you will learn how to develop a business plan, marketing strategies and will provide you with a place to network with other business entrepreneurs. You will work closely with your Self Employment Case Manager and GPIC to develop your business concept. 

For more information about this program please talk with your Case Manager or Employment Counselor.

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.

Changes to your Ontario Works Statement of Assistance

Beginning in August family members eligible for Ontario Works will be listed on your monthly Statement of Assistance to help loved ones receive community supports like housing subsidies, subsidized bus passes and recreation. Also, in August paper drug cards will no longer be issued and you can access your Ontario Works health benefits like prescription drugs and eye exams using your Ontario health card.

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 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 Sept. 2018
Direct deposit statements /
cheques received by: 
May 31 2017 June 29, 2017 July 31, 2018 Aug. 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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