Ontario Works helps people who are in financial need through:
Financial assistance including income to help with the costs of basic needs like food, clothing and shelter as well as health benefits for clients and their families.
Emergency assistance for people who are in a crisis or an emergency situation (such as fire, flood, impending eviction or homeless, health-related crisis, family violence or concern about safety, death in the immediate family or theft).
Ontario Works is a social assistance program to help eligible residents of Ontario who are in financial need. To receive help from Ontario Works, you must:
Please be sure to have the following information available for each family member living with you:
Click here for a complete list.
If you are 16 years of age or older you can apply online or applications can be made either in person or by calling the Telephone Application line: 705-474-1923 or Toll Free: 1-877-829-5121. For other questions, please contact the nearest Ontario Works office.
For more information about the program, please see Social Assistance Policy Directives.
The online application for Social Assistance allows residents of Ontario to find out if they might be eligible for Ontario Works and start the application process.