This resource explains how earnings from your employment will impact the assistance you receive from Ontario Works.
The short answer is: $200 + 50%. Let’s explain:
If you are employed and you are eligible for assistance, you can qualify for the following deductions after 3 consecutive months on OW:
- No deductions against the first $200 that you earn from your employer, every month
- In addition to this, only half of the balance is subject to deductions from your OW payment (in other words, we ignore half of your earnings from employment after the first $200 has been exempted)
Here’s an example:
Let’s say you receive $500 from OW and you receive $500 from your employer.
The first $200 from your employment earnings is exempt. That leaves you with a claimable income of $300. Half of your claimable income, or $150 in this case, is deducted from your OW payment, leaving you with $350.
You get $500 from your employer PLUS $350 from OW ($500-$150=$350) for a total of $850 this month ($500+$350=$850).
You can see how this works in the table below:
|Not subject to deductions:||$200|
|Apply 50% deduction:||$150|
|Ontario Works cheque:||$500|
|Minus 50% deduction:||$150|
|Monthly budget, based on the example above:|
|Ontario Works Payment:||$350|
If you have any questions about your particular situation, do not hesitate to reach out to us.