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Ontario Works


About Ontario Works

Ontario Works is an employment program which provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and families.  The intent of the Ontario Works program is to help people in temporary financial need find sustainable employment and achieve self-reliance through the provision of effective, integrated employment services and financial assistance.

Every person has the right to an application.  Eligibility is determined by the person or family's individual financial (ie: assets and income) and employment (ie: training, lay off, etc.) circumstances.

When an application has been approved, Ontario Works clients continue to receive financial assistance as they work toward their employment goals.  The amount of assistance depends on the family size, composition and income.

If an applicant is found ineligible for assistance or if a client disagrees with the amount of assistance provided, they have a right to appeal the decision. The applicant or client is advised of the decision and the reason for ineligibility in writing; Internal Review and Appeal Process

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