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The Ontario Works program provides temporary financial assistance to people who are returning to the workforce.

What is Ontario Works?

The Ontario Works (external link) (OW) program provides temporary financial assistance to people who are in need. The program also provides employment supports to help individuals find employment.

You may be eligible for Ontario Works if you:

  • live in Ontario
  • are in financial need (your household income does not cover basic living requirements)
  • are committed to finding and keeping a job (unless you have a specific circumstance that prevents you from doing so)

Your income, assets, living arrangements, family size and circumstances are also used to determine your eligibility.

How do I apply?

To apply for Ontario Works:

Halton Region

You will be contacted to schedule an in-person meeting. This meeting will be used to help determine your eligibility for the program.

Ontario Works Participation Agreement:
Book an in-person appointment

If you received a letter asking for confirmation of your continued eligibility for Ontario Works financial assistance, please schedule an appointment with Ontario Works staff by filling out this online form.

Your Participation Agreement must be updated at an in-person appointment.

If you have questions about the letter you received or your appointment, please contact Mackenzie Grant by phone at 905−825−6000, ext. 2756 or by email at mackenzie.grant@halton.ca.

You can also book an appointment by calling 311.

MyBenefits

MyBenefits is a service that allows Ontario Works clients to get information about their case and report income or address changes online.

What benefits can I receive?

In addition to your monthly cheque and your drug card, you may also be eligible to receive other benefits (e.g. dental, vision, medical treatments, supplies, equipment and related costs, etc.). Visit the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services site for a summary of benefits (external link).

You may also qualify for the following benefits. Use the links below for more information and talk to your case manager to find out if you qualify.

If you are in receipt of Ontario Works assistance, Halton Region may be able to help you with the cost of food.

  • Child care:
  • Activities for children:
    • If you are in receipt of Ontario Works assistance, your children may be eligible for subsidies for recreational activities such as sports, art and music.
  • Eyeglasses/eye appointments:
    • All children in receipt of Ontario Works assistance are eligible for basic vision care coverage.
  • Dental care:

Halton Region Housing Services supports low and moderate income households with housing and/or financial assistance. See what supports might be available to you.

Employment Halton may be able to support you with access and funds to navigate your job search. Supports could include:

  • Start up expenses for a new job or training
  • Participation expenses (to take part in job search activities)
  • Tuition fees
  • Resume writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Job placement

Check out current jobs at Employment workshops and events are listed on our monthly calendar.

  A number of community resources are also available in Halton to support you and your family.

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