Employment Related Benefit Update

September 9, 2015

Ontario is deferring the implementation of the Employment Related Benefit to ensure alignment with the government’s broader work on social assistance reform.

The Employment Related Benefit was designed to replace seven existing Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program employment benefits with a new simplified benefit. The government remains committed to simplifying the client experience, tailoring benefits to meet clients’ unique needs and encouraging more social assistance clients to participate in the labour market.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services appreciates the ongoing advice and feedback received from clients, stakeholders and our service delivery partners.

Deferring implementation will allow the government to consider employment benefits in the broader context of social assistance reform.

The current suite of employment-related benefits, including the Ontario Disability Support Program Work-Related Benefit, will continue to be available until a new simplified benefit is implemented.

Modernizing Ontario’s social assistance system is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


  • More than 240,000 clients participate in Ontario Works employment assistance activities each month.
  • Approximately 36,000 ODSP clients receive the Work-Related Benefit each month.


Social Assistance in Ontario
Employment supports in Ontario Works and ODSP

Media Inquiries
Amber Anderson, Minister’s Office, 416-325-5450 or
Charlotte Wilkinson, Communications and Marketing Branch, 416-325-5760