Ontario Works Income Support & Employment Services
Update: Canada Post Labour Disruption
OW cheques will again be mailed after July 11. If other arrangements are needed for your case, you will be contacted with more information. If a Canada Post labour disruption occurs after this date, contingency plans will be put in place.
Payments to clients via direct bank deposit will not be affected by any Canada Post labour disruption. Direct deposit remains the most reliable option to ensure the timely delivery of social assistance payments. Talk to your Service Coordinator to set up direct deposit.
The City of Brantford’s Social Services Department will closely follow this situation. You can get regular updates online at http://www.brantford.ca, on Twitter at OWBrant (http://twitter.com/OWBrant), by calling 519-759-3330, or through the media.
Thank-you for your cooperation and understanding.
System Changes to Ontario Works
If you have any questions about this process or the new system, please speak to your Case Manager or Employment Coordinator. OW Brant staff are working hard to make this change as smooth as possible. We appreciate your patience during this time.
What is Ontario Works?
Ontario Works provides financial and employment assistance to individuals and families who are in need.
The Ontario Works Act provides the legislative framework for the provision of employment assistance and temporary financial assistance.
Its purpose is to:
- Recognize individual responsibility and promote self reliance through employment
- Provide temporary financial assistance to those in need while they meet obligations to become and stay employed
- Effectively serve people needing assistance
- Be accountable to the taxpayers of Ontario
Who is eligible for Ontario Works?
Residents of Ontario may apply for Ontario Works assistance. Eligibility for Ontario Works is based on an assessment of financial need and an agreement to participate in employment activities. You may also qualify for assistance if you are unable to work because of an illness and your physician verifies this by completing a medical form issued to you by your Case Manager.
Financial need is determined according to the number of people in your family, your income and assets, and shelter costs. Your Case Manager updates this information as your circumstances change.Residents of Ontario may apply for Ontario Works assistance. Eligibility for Ontario Works is based on an assessment of financial need and an agreement to participate in employment activities. You may also qualify for assistance if you are unable to work because of an illness and your physician verifies this by completing a medical form issued to you by your Case Manager.Financial need is determined according to the number of people in your family, your income and assets, and shelter costs. Your Case Manager updates this information as your circumstances change.
The Ontario Works program provides income and employment assistance to those in financial need.
To be eligible for Ontario Works, an applicant must be:
- a resident of Ontario;
- in immediate financial need; and,
- willing to participate in employment assistance activities.
Every person has the right to apply for assistance. Your eligibility will depend on your circumstances including your household income and assets. If your application is approved you will receive assistance as long as you remain eligible. You may be eligible for:
- funds for food, shelter, clothing and other household item;
- a monthly drug card to cover the cost of prescribed medication; or,
- other benefits such as dental services for children, prescription eyeglasses and transportation for medical reasons.
What is Employment Assistance?
Employment services play a critical role in helping individuals prepare for, connect with, and remain in the labour market. Ontario Works employment assistance helps people to become and stay employed.
How to Apply for OW
Apply By Telephone
Call 519-759-7009 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays excluding holidays.
The intake staff will ask for information such as your address, rent or shelter costs, income including support payments, loans, and insurance, bank account numbers and balances. Be prepared to provide identification, social insurance numbers, health card numbers and birth information for all family members.
If it appears that you have eligibility an interview will be scheduled with a Case Manager to complete the application process.
Visit the Ministry of Community & Social Services to start the online application for Social Assistance in a new browser window. You will be contacted by telephone within 24 hours and will need a telephone contact or call back within 5 days. Included is a screening section that can tell you whether or not you might be eligible before you start the application process. The online application is:
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Accessible for people with disabilities
- Available in English and French
Completing your monthly Income Report Statement
The Statement of Income is for earnings from employment. All pay stubs must be attached to the statement. It is due on the 16th of the month and the statement covers the period from the 16th of the previous month to the 15th of the current month.
The Changes Report is to be completed only if there are changes to your family composition, address or other sources of income. The Changes Report is also due on the 16th of the month and covers the period from the 16th of the previous month to the 15th of the current month. You must also attach any supporting documentation for these changes such as verification of accommodation costs or verification of any changes to other sources of income.
The Statement of Income and Changes Report must be signed and dated by the head of the household (the person whose name is on the Ontario Works cheque). The signature must be dated on or after the 16th of the current month. Detailed instructions are available.
How can I get a replacement Income Report Statement?
A kiosk is available in the office at 220 Colborne Street in Brantford where you can print your own Income Reporting Statement. You will need your Member ID and your Case Manager's name. Your Member ID can be found on a previous cheque stub, drug or dental card, or any other Ontario Works correspondence.
You can also print your own Changes Report or Income Reporting Statement and complete all of the information yourself
Looking for Work?
The best place to start your job search is BrantJobs. The BrantJobs website offers an extensive listing of the most recent jobs in Brantford and the County of Brant. You can also find great tips on job searching along with other important and useful information. To begin your search, visit BrantJobs today. This will open in a new browser window.
How Can We Help You?
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