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Ontario Works

Important: Effective September 1, 2016, you can use your Ontario health card to access drug coverage under Ontario Works. Learn more about this change (PDF file).

Ontario Works is a program that provides temporary financial assistance to individuals returning to the workforce. The goal of the program is to help people gain employment and independence.

If you need financial help the first step is to use the online application form Link to external site for Social Assistance/Ontario Works. You can also apply by phone by dialing 311. 

Your income, assets, living arrangements, family size and circumstances are used to determine if you are eligible for social assistance/Ontario Works.

If you are eligible for social assistance/Ontario Works there are a number of things you need to know: 

Through the Ontario Works Act external link, applicants for financial assistance have rights and responsibilities. Your case manager will outline these for you during your initial appointment at the social services office.