Ontario Works provides income and employment supports to people in temporary financial need.
There are three options for applying to Ontario Works. You can apply online using the Online Application for Social Assistance, by telephone or in person.
In order to determine your eligibility for assistance, you will be asked for the following information for each family member:
- Date of Birth
- Social Insurance Number
- Ontario Health Card Number
- Address details and phone number
- Bank account information, including branch details
- Employment history
- Housing information such as rent or mortgage details
- Assets (i.e. Vehicles, RSP's, Life Insurance, or any investments)
- Income from earnings and other sources (i.e. child support, Canada Pension, Employment Insurance)
If you are missing some of the requested information, please inform the Case Manager who is dealing with your application.
By phone: To apply for Ontario Works by telephone, please call our office at 519.482.8505 or 1.888.371.5718. Should you need immediate help the person on the phone may also direct you to other available services.
To complete the process, you will be asked to attend a meeting with an Ontario Works Case Manager at our office located at the Jacob Memorial Building, RR 5 Clinton (behind Huronview).
Once the Case Manager verifies your financial need, employment and support planning will begin.
In person: Visit our offices located at the Jacob Memorial Building, RR 5 Clinton (behind Huronview). Please bring the required information listed above for you and all family members for whom you are applying for benefits. If you are missing some of the requested information, please inform the Case Manager who will discuss with you how to obtain copies.
A Case Manager will verify all of your information.
He or she will determine your eligibility and will explain how the Ontario Works program can help you. This includes discussing your rights and responsibilities and working with you on your future plans.