Ontario Government Helping People Find Jobs, Improve Their Financial Security

May 22, 2013

Ontario is transforming social assistance, helping people keep more of their hard earned money while entering the workforce.

Measures announced in the province’s 2013 Budget: A Plan for a Prosperous and Fair Ontario include:

  • Creating a $200 monthly earning exemption for people who receive benefits from Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  
  • Improving financial independence for Ontario Works clients by increasing the amount of assets they are able to keep before they can get help, such as a car they may need for employment.
  • Encouraging businesses to improve job opportunities for people with disabilities by establishing a Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities.

Removing barriers to employment is part of the government’s plan to make it easier for more social assistance recipients to enter the workforce and ensure that everyone in Ontario is treated fairly.


“These enhancements are part of our government’s vision for a prosperous and fair Ontario. We are a stronger province when everyone has the opportunity to work and contribute to their communities.”
— Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services

Quick facts

  • The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh, released its report, Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario, in October 2012.
  • The $200 earnings exemption would come into effect in September 2013 and would significantly improve the incomes of 57,000 Ontario Works and ODSP recipients who currently have employment earnings.
  • Since 2003, social assistance rates have risen 15 per cent. This year, rates will increase by one per cent for adult Ontario Works recipients and people with disabilities receiving ODSP benefits.
  • Since April, employment has increased by 401,900 net jobs from the recessionary low in June 2009, with full-time employment up 389,900, and part-time employment up 12,000.
  • The government is committed to eliminating the deficit by 2017-18.

Learn More

Read the 2013 Ontario Budget.

Media inquiries

Rob Newman, Minister’s Office, 416-325-5219
Charlotte Wilkinson, Communications, 416-325-5760