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FAQ

Basic Needs

# of Dependants

Other Than Spouse

 

Dependants

18+ or older

Dependants

0–17 years

Single

Recipient

Couple

0

0

0

$337

$486

1

0

1

1

0

$354

$612

$486

$641

2

0

1

2

2

1

0

$354

$612

$767

$486

$641

$812

3

0

1

2

3

3

2

1

0

$354

$612

$767

$939

$486

$641

$812

$984

For each additional dependant, add $172 if dependant is 18 years or older and $0 if the dependant is 0 - 17 years of age.

 

 

Shelter

 Benefit

Unit Size

Maximum Monthly

Shelter Allowance

1

$384

2

$632

3

$686

4

$744

5

$802

6+

$831

 

 

Boarding and Lodging

Dependants other than a spouse

Dependants 18 Years or Older

Dependants 0-17 Years

Recipient

Recipient and spouse

0

0

0

$ 525

$ 677

1

0
1

1
0

654
740

740
777

2

0
1
2

2
1
0

725
811
859

800
837
872

3

0
1
2
3

3
2
1
0

792
878
926
964

860
897
932
967

 

For each additional dependent of a sole support parent:


add $118 if the dependent is 18 years of age or older
add $67 if the dependent is 0 - 17 years of age
Otherwise, for each additional dependent:
add $98 if the dependent is 18 years of age or older
add $60 if the dependent is 0 - 17 years of age

 

Remote Communities Allowance

Number of Dependants Other than a Spouse

Recipient

Recipient and Spouse

0

$267

$397

1

413

477

2

503

569

3

596

662

 

For each additional dependent, add $97.

 

 

We know it can be complicated.  Please contact your Ontario Works Case Manager for further questions.

Family Support 

 

  • Family Support assists Ontario Works participants in getting financial support through support orders and agreements for spousal support. When you receive financial assistance from Ontario Works, you are required to try and get support either through an agreement or a court order.
  • As of January 2017, child support is no longer an income for Ontario Works.  Family Support staff can still provide you with information on how to pursue support on your own.
  • Family Support staff will assist you in searching for the absent spouse, obtaining an agreement (out of court), obtaining court orders for support.
  • Please contact the Family Support Program at 705-268-7722 ext. 231 if you have any questions.

Welfare Fraud Hotline 


If you suspect that somebody in your community is collecting social assistance fraudulently, please call: 

 

1-800-394-7867

 

Local concerns may be forwarded to: 


Eligibility Review Officer
500 Algonquin Blvd. E., 
Timmins Ontario 
P4N 1B7
705-268-7722 ext 236

 

The role of the Eligibility Review Officer is to investigate a person's past or present eligibility for payment under Ontario Works (OW). 
 

The Eligibility Verification Process (EVP) is the Ministry’s risk-based case audit process that ensures client eligibility for social assistance (Ontario Works and ODSP) is determined based on accurate financial and personal information provided by the client (e.g. income, assets etc.). 

 

EVP enables a risk-based approach to our touch points and interactions with clients to verify and confirm your on-going eligibility for Ontario Works and ODSP. It involves reviewing your financial circumstances, and conducting mandatory third party information checks. 
 

IVR (Interactive Voice Response System) 


Our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone system can provide you with some automated information that you would normally get from your case manager.


It is available during and outside regular business hours and is easy to use.

 

  • 1-800-808-2268
  • You will need a nine (9) digit Member ID and four (4) digit PIN
  • Find out when a cheque was sent out and the amount
  • Find out about other important information about your case
     

Basic Financial Assistance includes income assistance provided for the purposes of basic needs and shelter. The amount that you are eligible to receive depends on your family composition, ages of your children, your monthly accommodation expenses and the amount of any income that you may currently be receiving.

 

The Basic Needs portion of your monthly entitlement is intended to cover such items as food, clothing, personal items etc. The amount of basic needs that you are entitled to receive depends on your family size and the ages of children.

 

In addition to a Basic Needs allowance you will be issued the amount of your actual shelter costs up to the maximum allowable for your family size. Due to a maximum amount allowable for shelter it is possible that your shelter expenses will exceed the amount that you are allowed. If this is the case you should speak with your worker to discuss options that may be available to you.

 

Allowable accommodation expenses include but are not limited to:

 

  • Rent
  • Principal and interest on a mortgage or loan incurred to purchase a residence
  • Occupancy costs paid under an agreement to purchase the residence
  • Property taxes
  • Fire insurance policy with respect to the property
  • Utilities other than energy for heat i.e. propane, water and sewer etc
  • Rent under a land lease
  • The cost of energy for heat
  • An amount for Board and Lodging.


Accommodation expenses do not include such items as parking, cable TV, and telephone or internet access.

 

Included with your monthly entitlement all eligible participants will automatically receive  monthly drug coverage that will cover the cost of most prescription drugs. A dental card will be issued to all adults that will cover emergency dental care. Dental care for children is covered under the Healthy Smiles Program.  Also, eligible participants may receive an additional amount up to $250.00 per month for a special diet. A Special Diet Form is available from your Ontario Works Case Manager. A medical practitioner must complete the form indicating that the diet is required for health related reasons.

DIRECT BANK DEPOSIT (DBD) 

 
Cheque not in the mail? Direct Bank Deposit is the Solution. 


When your Ontario Works payments are put directly into your bank account:

 

  • Your money will be on time 
  • Your money can’t be lost or stolen (we will NOT replace)
  • You won’t require ID to get your money
  • If you do not have a bank account for direct bank deposit a cheque will be issued and mailed to your residence or mailing address that you provided to your worker.

Other Benefits & Supports  


These benefits may be available to Ontario Works participants and families.  Please contact your local Ontario Works office for more information on:

 

  • Drug Benefit Coverage
  • Diabetic/Surgical supplies
  • Employment Start-Up
  • Hearing Aid batteries
  • Dental
  • Optical
  • Medical transportation
  • Funerals
  • ODSP referrals
  • Other discretionary benefits

The first $200 in net earnings or amounts paid under a training program that each adult member of the benefit unit earns are exempt plus 50% of net earnings that are in excess of $200.00.


This means that no matter how much someone earns, only half of the employment income is deducted from their Ontario Works financial assistance. This exemption only applies in the 4th month of assistance after you have been on assistance for 3 consecutive months.

The letter will outline the reason for your assistance being suspended. You will need to address the reason(s) as outlined. If you need more information about the suspension, contact your Ontario Works Case Manager or Employment Worker.

When receiving Ontario Works financial assistance from the province of Ontario, you must remain in Ontario. You may leave for up to seven days provided you continue to meet your job search efforts. If you are absent from Ontario for more than seven days, your cheque may be reduced. Please speak to your Case Manager before leaving the province.

If you require child care, please contact your Case Manager or your Employment Worker. You may be eligible for funding for informal child care or for the licensed child care subsidy program.

CDSSAB provides subsidy for child care in a licensed centre to those who financially qualify.  Subsidies can be provided to employed single or two parent families or to those who wish to access academic upgrading. Subsidies may also be available for children with special needs and socially disadvantaged children when referred by a third party.

Child care requirements should never be a barrier to employment.  Please speak to your Case Manager or Employment Worker.

The OCB is a provincial program to help low income families with the costs of raising their children.  Your annual income tax returns will be used to calculate your payment. If you qualify, the OCB is included as part of your Canada Child Tax Benefit and National Child Benefit Supplement payment.

 

For specific information on your payment, call the Canada Revenue Agency toll-free at 1-800-387-1193. Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-665-0354.


For general information about the Ontario Child Benefit, call the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services toll-free at 1-866-821-7770. TTY: 1-800-387-5559.


Find out more online at www.ontariochildbenefit.ca

The Transition Child Benefit is a benefit for families on social assistance that are not receiving the Ontario Child Benefit or are receiving less than the maximum amount of the Ontario Child Benefit.

 

You do not need to apply for the Transition Child Benefit. If you are eligible, your local office will add it to your social assistance payment. To receive the Transition Child Benefit you must be trying or have tried to get the Ontario Child Benefit and the National Child Benefit Supplement.

 

If you are receiving the Transition Child Benefit while you are waiting for your Ontario Child Benefit to start, it’s important to know:

 

  • When you get your first monthly Ontario Child Benefit payment, you may also receive a lump-sum Ontario Child Benefit and National Child Benefit Supplement payment. This is to cover the months that you waited for your Ontario Child Benefit to start.

 

  • Because you received the Transition Child Benefit for the same months you waited for the Ontario Child Benefit, your next social assistance payment will be reduced.

 

Your Ontario Works Case Manager will explain this to you in more detail if needed.

Internal Review

 

  • An internal review is completed if you do not agree with an OW decision.
  • You must request the internal review in writing within thirty days of the decision.
  • The Case Presenting Officer is neutral and was not involved in the initial decision.
  • The Case Presenting Officer must make a decision within thirty (30) days of the request for an internal review and the decision must be completed in writing.
  • If you still do not agree with the decision, all decisions with the exception of discretionary benefits can be appealed to the Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT) and you can also request Interim Assistance (Financial assistance until a decision is made)
  • If the decision is upheld, the Interim Assistance must be repaid.

 

Please contact the Case Presenting Officer for further details.