I am a young parent on Ontario Works. Is there any special help for me?

Yes. If you are receiving Ontario Works and are a young parent between the ages of 16 and 25, we offer the Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) program.

LEAP can help you:

  • finish high school
  • improve your parenting skills, and
  • prepare for and find work so you can support yourself and your family.

Participation in LEAP is mandatory if:

  • you are a 16 or 17-year-old parent
  • you are receiving Ontario Works, and
  • you have not graduated from high school.

If you successfully complete the program, you may qualify for $500 to use toward:

  • your post-secondary education or a training program, or
  • investing in an education trust fund for your children.

If you're a parent between the ages of 18 and 25 receiving Ontario Works, and you have not completed high school, we also encourage you to take advantage of the LEAP program.