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Ontario has two social assistance programs to help eligible residents of Ontario who are in financial need.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) helps people with disabilities. It has two parts:

  • financial help — this is called Income Support
  • help finding a job — this is called Employment Supports.

Ontario Works helps people who are in temporary financial need.

Changes to social assistance

Starting September 2013, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program are changing.


Learn more about Ontario's plan to reform social assistance.


News and information

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Community and Social Services struck a series of roundtable discussions on employment-related issues within the context of the government’s overall plan to reform social assistance. The Employment-focused Working Group included representatives from employers, delivery partners, and the Aboriginal community, as well as from clients and client advocates.

Canada’s Public Policy Forum facilitated the sessions and has posted the final report on its website.