Ontario Works

Ontario Works provides financial and employment assistance to individuals and families who are in need.

How to apply

By Telephone

Call 519-759-7009 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays excluding holidays.

Online

Apply online for Ontario Works assistance.

In Person

220 Colborne St., Brantford, ON

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (excluding holidays).

If it appears that you may be eligible, an interview will be scheduled to complete the application process.

Personal case information

Contact your Service Coordinator at 519-759-3330 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays). You can also call 1-800-808-2268 for the Interactive Voice Response system. The system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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 Statement of Income 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. View and download the online Statement of Income form
Changes Report
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 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.  View and download the online Changes Report form.

MyBenefits

MyBenefits is a new online service available to all residents of Ontario who are active Social Assistance recipients. MyBenefits is available on a 24/7 basis, allowing clients to see the status of all future payments and to report changes. Visit the MyBenefits website to register or to sign into your account.

Benefits

You will receive assistance for basic needs, shelter and employment assistance when you are eligible. You may also be eligible for:

Drug coverage

Your monthly drug benefit covers most of the cost of prescription drugs for you and eligible family members. Your family will use their own health cards for benefits.

If you are not eligible for an Ontario health card, you will get a paper drug card each month.

Employment-related benefits

When you start a new job or an employment assistance activity, help is available for:

  • Child care costs
  • Work boots, clothes or uniforms
  • Other necessary work-related expenses
  • Clothing
  • Grooming
  • Supplies and equipment
  • Transportation
  • Criminal reference checks or medical examinations and certificates
  • Minor fees such as certification charges, short term training costs, etc.

Special diets

If you require a special diet due to a medical condition, you may be able to get some help if the food you need costs more.

Pregnancy nutritional/breast-feeding allowance

Women can receive a pregnancy nutritional allowance to cover their special dietary needs. Women can get this during pregnancy and for 12 months after delivery if they are breastfeeding their child.

Health items

Help is available for diabetic supplies, surgical supplies and dressings, approved medical transportation of $15 or more per month, and a guide dog benefit.

Other Items

You may receive money for other items such as:

  • low cost energy and water conservation measures
  • assistive devices
  • wheelchairs and inhalators
  • vision and dental care for adults

Transition Child Benefit

Money may be available for families on social assistance who are not receiving the Ontario Child Benefit or are getting less than their maximum Ontario Child Benefit.

Looking for Work?

A great place to start is to contact Employment Ontario service providers: