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The Ontario Works Department provides employment and financial assistance to individuals who comply with the participation requirements intended to assist them in finding and maintaining gainful employment.


The Financial Assistance through the Ontario Works program is calculated based on individual circumstance, and taking into account family size, living arrangements, and income sources and asset levels. The assistance is intended to cover basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, shelter and personal needs items. In addition, specific financial assistance is available to eligible recipients in certain circumstances, including: 


  • Participation supports for placement and educational activities; 
  • Health necessities, such as diabetic, surgical and medical supplies; 
  • Emergency assistance; 
  • Basic dental and vision care; 
  • Employment start-up benefits to assist with costs incurred when starting a new job.