The Ontario Works program provides financial assistance to those most in need while they meet obligations to become and stay employed.
You must be a resident of Ontario, you must be in immediate financial need and you must be willing to participate in employment programs in order to be eligible for temporary financial assistance.
Ontario Works benefits vary according to your needs, with provincial limits set for food and shelter. Benefits for health related services and supports are also available such as drug coverage, vision care, and dental care. Ontario Works offices provide employment supports such as child care and employment start up.
As a recipient of Ontario Works, you must participate in employment activities, to help prepare for, connect with and remain in the labour market. Ontario Works employment assistance helps people to become and stay employed and includes employment activities such as:
- Job search support services
- Employment information session
- Community participation (activities that allow people to contribute to the community and improve their employability);
- Employment placement and job retention services;
- Referral to basic education
- Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) program
- Literacy and job-specific skills training
Employment assistance activities depend on your circumstances and your employment/career goals, your experience, your skills and the realities of our local labour market. The goal is to help increase your employability and obtain sustainable employment.