Other Benefits

Here are some other Ontario Works Benefits you may receive.

Ontario Works financial assistance is intended to cover basic living expenses such as food, clothing, shelter and personal needs items.  Social assistance recipients may qualify for a number of mandatory and discretionary benefits over and above their monthly Ontario Works entitlement.

Some examples of mandatory benefits include:

  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Diabetic Supplies
  • Surgical Supplies
  • Medical transportation

Some examples of discretionary benefits include:

  • Employment related expenses
  • Discretionary health related items or services such as physiotherapy
  • Emergency dental care for adults
  • Vision Care for adults
  • Funerals and Burials

Child Benefits

Transitional Child Benefit (TCB)

Most families on social assistance with children under 18 years of age also receive the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) and the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS).  Parents on Ontario Works not receiving the maximum OCB or NCBS payments may temporarily receive the Transition Child Benefit (TCB)

Employment Support

Up-front Child Care

An advance (up front) child care payment may be provided if required to begin employment or an employment assistance activity.

Employment Related Expenses

Participants may receive additional benefits to help cover expenses associated to an employment assistance activity negotiated on their participation agreement.  Examples may include transportation, clothing, grooming, special equipment, and minor fees associated to job specific skills training.

Other Employment Assistance Activities Benefit

Ontario works recipients starting part-time employment may receive money to help cover the cost of items or services required to begin employment.  Examples may include work boots, work clothing or uniforms, licenses or associated fees, and transportation.

Full Time Employment Benefit

Ontario works recipients starting full-time employment may receive money to help cover the cost of items or services required to begin employment.  Examples may include work boots, work clothing or uniforms, licenses or associated fees, and transportation.

Employment Health

Extended Employment Health Benefit

People leaving Ontario Works because they are working and do not have medical coverage with their new employer may continue to receive help with health costs for a period of time after they no longer qualify for Ontario Works.

Health

Extended Health Benefit

People leaving Ontario Works due to income and / or earnings may continue to receive help if they have high prescription drug or other health related costs after they no longer qualify for Ontario Works.

Prescription Drug Coverage

Ontario Works recipients can use their Ontario Health Card to access prescription medication through the Ontario Drug Benefit program.

Dental Coverage

Adults in receipt of Ontario Works qualify for emergency dental care through their dental card.

Children, 17 years of age and younger, are automatically eligible for the Healthy Smiles Ontario dental program when their family receives Ontario Works.

ODSP Dependent Adults qualify for a dental card through Ontario Works to cover emergency dental care.

Eye Exams

Routine eye exams are covered once every two years to Ontario Works recipients through their Ontario Health Card.

Eyeglasses

Ontario Works recipients may be eligible for help with the cost of eyeglasses.

Medical Supplies and Devices

Ontario Works recipients may qualify for help to cover the costs associated to medical supplies, equipment and devices.

Guide Dog

Ontario Works recipients may qualify for help with the cost to care and feed a certified guide, hearing or service dog.

Medical Transportation

Ontario Works recipients may qualify for help with the cost to attend medical appointments.

Special Diet Allowance

Ontario Works recipients may qualify for extra money each month to the cover the additional cost of food required for specific medical conditions.

Funerals

Funeral Expenses

Coverage for basic funeral expenses may be provided on behalf of deceased residents of Nipissing District who do not have enough money in their estate to cover these costs.

Please note: the information on this website is intended to be used as a guide and is subject to change.

Have questions? Please contact your Case Manager.