Ontario Works

The intent of the Ontario Works program is to help people in temporary financial need find sustainable employment and achieve self-reliance through the provision of effective, integrated employment services and financial assistance.

To be eligible for Ontario Works, an applicant must be:

  • a resident of Ontario;
  • in immediate financial need; and
  • willing to participate in employment assistance activities.

The amount of money you may receive from Ontario Works will depend on your:

  • family size
  • income
  • assets, and
  • housing costs

Eligible recipients may also be eligible for health related services and supports such as drug and dental coverage, vision care and employment benefits and supports such as child care and employment start up.

All recipients of Ontario Works are required to participate in employment assistance activities as a condition of eligibility for financial assistance. Participation in these activities assists recipients in obtaining employment, staying employed and becoming financially independent.

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