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Feature of the Month

Ontario Works Rate Increase

Rates for Ontario Works recipients are increasing by 1.5% starting October 1, 2018.  This means you will see an increase in the amount you get from Social Services every month.

This will apply to:

  • basic needs and shelter amounts,
  • temporary  care assistance,
  • adults living with parent,s
  • dependents with dependents.

Feel free to contact your Case Manager if you have any questions about this change

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 Benefits Increase

The Ontario government has increased your benefits by 1.5 percent effective October 1, 2018.

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 February 2019

March 2019

April 2019  May 2019
Direct deposit statements /
cheques received by: 

Jan. 31, 2019

Feb. 28, 2019

Mar. 29, 2019

 Apr. 30, 2019

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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