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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, benefits and employment assistance to those in need.

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 and family size are also used to determine your eligibility.

How do I apply?

To apply for Ontario Works:


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 assistance, you may be eligible to receive other benefits (e.g., prescription drugs, dental, vision, medical treatments, supplies, equipment and related costs, and more). Visit the Province’s Social Assistance webpage (external link) for a summary of benefits.

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

  • 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 (external link).

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