ONTARIO WORKS

 

Ontario Works helps people who are in financial need.  It offers two types of assistance:

Financial assistance, including:

  • Income support to help with the costs of basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter
  • Health benefits for clients and their families

Employment assistance to help clients find, prepare for and keep a job.  This assistance may include

  • Workshops on resume writing and interviewing
  • Job counselling
  • Job-specific training
  • Literacy testing and access to basic education, so clients can finish high school or improve their language skills

In most cases, a client must agree to participate in employment assistance activities in order to receive financial assistance.

Emergency assistance is also available to people who are in crisis or an emergency situation (e.g people who have lost their homes, are leaving an abusive relationship and/or are worried about their safety)

Eligibility

To be eligible for Ontario Works you must:

  • Live in Ontario (must be a resident of the community)
  • Be in financial need (your household doesn't have sufficient financial resources to meet basic living expenses)
  • Be willing to make reasonable effort to find, prepare for and keep a job (unless you have specific circumstances that temporarily prevent you from doing so, such as an illness or care-giving responsibilities)

Applying

You can start the application process by contacting or visiting our Ontario Works office to schedule a time for an in-person meeting.

You will be asked to bring specific documents to the intake process so that the caseworker can verify:

  • Your personal information
  • Information about members of your household
  • Your household's financial needs
  • Your household's income and asset

During your meeting, you will be asked to sign several forms, including a consent form that gives the Ontario Works office permission to access information about you from other organizations or government programs (e.g Ministry of Transportation, Employment insurance, etc.)

 

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Ontario Works Staff

 

Lucille Morrisseau - Administrator Ext #222

Lana Mainville -   Employment Worker  Ext #229

April Bruyere - Intake/Caseworker  Ext #224

Krystal Windego  - Intake/Clerical  Ext#269

 

Telephone   807-274-3228

Toll Free  888-581-0249

Private Fax 807-274-1515

Next cheque day

RESOURCES

 

Telephone & Fax

Photocopier

Books

Employment Counselling

Computers

Workshops

Community Placements

Internet Access

Online Training

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July 31st, 2015