Through its programs and services, the Ministry of Community and Social Services:

  • helps adults with a developmental disability live, work and participate in a range of community activities,
  • enforces support orders issued by the courts so that families get the money to which they are entitled,
  • helps Ontarians recover from hardship and regain control of their lives.

Our responsibilities fall into the following categories:

Social assistance

Ontario has two different social assistance programs:

  • Ontario Works provides income and employment supports to people who are in temporary financial need, and
  • Ontario Disability Support Program provides income and employment supports to people with disabilities.

Programs for adults with a developmental disability

Working with community agencies, we fund services and supports for people who:

  • are 18 years of age and older, and
  • have a developmental disability.

Community services

We fund community-based supports that help:

  • victims of domestic violence and their children
  • people who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or deaf-blind, and
  • Indigenous peoples.

Working with the Ministry of Government Services, we support Ontario's adoption information laws that:

  • give adults and birth parents access to information from birth and adoption records, and
  • at the same time, safeguard their right to privacy.

Child and spousal support orders

Through the Family Responsibility Office, we collect and distribute court-ordered child and spousal support payments.