Ontario Works provides financial and employment assistance to people who are in temporary financial need. Financial assistance includes income support to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter, and health benefits for clients and their families. Employment assistance includes assistance to help clients find, prepare for and keep a job, such as workshops on resume writing and interviewing, job counselling, job-specific training and access to basic education, so clients can finish high school or improve their language skills.

Temporary Care Assistance provides support for children in financial need while in the temporary care of an adult who does not have a legal obligation to support the child. In March 2019, there were 6,551 TCA cases receiving social assistance on behalf of 9,440 children.

Ontario Works Caseload and Beneficiaries
Month Singles - Cases1 Singles - Beneficiaries2 Couples - Cases1 Couples - Beneficiaries2 Sole Support Parents - Cases1 Sole Support Parents - Beneficiaries2 All Family Structures - Cases1 All Family Structures - Beneficiaries2
Mar-19 148,380 148,380 22,982 92,663 69,551 200,014 240,913 441,058
Feb-19 148,874 148,874 23,356 94,266 70,312 202,135 242,542 445,275
Jan-19 147,946 147,946 23,188 93,637 70,554 202,737 241,688 444,320
Dec-18 145,768 145,768 23,111 93,514 70,478 202,356 239,357 441,638
Nov-18 145,834 145,834 23,285 94,193 71,119 204,053 240,238 444,080
Oct-18 145,317 145,317 23,016 93,128 70,892 203,421 239,226 441,866
Sep-18 147,716 147,716 23,644 95,675 72,643 208,125 244,003 451,515
Aug-18 149,198 149,198 23,954 96,703 73,499 210,111 246,651 456,012
Jul-18 149,081 149,081 23,646 95,296 72,595 207,450 245,322 451,827
Jun-18 151,689 151,689 24,132 96,969 73,126 208,587 248,947 457,245
May-18 152,401 152,401 24,106 96,789 72,634 206,937 249,140 456,127
Apr-18 152,449 152,449 24,153 96,566 71,868 204,712 248,470 453,726
Mar-18 152,452 152,452 24,000 95,775 71,549 203,655 248,001 451,883
Feb-18 152,945 152,945 24,152 96,249 72,067 204,984 249,164 454,178
Jan-18 152,354 152,354 23,961 95,454 72,115 205,160 248,430 452,969
Dec-17 151,049 151,049 23,978 95,415 72,272 205,312 247,298 451,776
Nov-17 151,187 151,187 23,797 94,546 72,533 205,881 247,517 451,614
Oct-17 150,540 150,540 23,438 93,042 72,284 205,025 246,262 448,606
Sep-17 153,279 153,279 23,904 94,454 73,743 208,701 250,926 456,434
Aug-17 154,310 154,310 23,915 94,505 74,039 209,217 252,264 458,032
Jul-17 154,712 154,712 23,993 94,472 73,600 207,645 252,305 456,829
Jun-17 156,336 156,336 24,336 95,436 73,549 207,106 254,221 458,879
May-17 156,976 156,976 24,246 94,738 72,732 204,692 253,954 456,406
Apr-17 157,246 157,246 24,366 94,955 71,548 201,144 253,160 453,345
Mar-17 158,085 158,085 24,516 95,192 71,231 200,089 253,832 453,366
Feb-17 156,516 156,516 24,171 93,736 70,537 198,046 251,224 448,299
Jan-17 155,815 155,815 23,799 91,560 70,370 197,079 249,984 444,454
Dec-16 154,066 154,066 23,183 88,138 70,484 197,174 247,733 439,379
Nov-16 153,250 153,250 22,994 87,337 70,464 197,187 246,708 437,774
Oct-16 153,525 153,525 23,046 87,471 71,129 198,862 247,699 439,857
Sep-16 157,587 157,587 23,728 89,928 73,085 203,976 254,400 451,491
Aug-16 156,641 156,641 23,529 88,960 72,734 203,234 252,904 448,835
Jul-16 157,809 157,809 23,889 89,895 72,854 203,253 254,552 450,958
Jun-16 159,314 159,314 24,096 90,579 72,896 203,179 256,306 453,072
May-16 159,667 159,667 23,916 89,717 72,597 202,236 256,179 451,619
Apr-16 159,513 159,513 23,957 89,794 71,970 200,480 255,440 449,787
Change since Feb 2019 -494 -494 -375 -1,603 -761 -2,120 -1,630 -4,217
Change since Feb 2019 (%) -0.3% -0.3% -1.6% -1.7% -1.1% -1.0% -0.7% -0.9%

OW Caseload

OW Beneficiaries


1 - A case refers to a single individual or a family unit on social assistance.

2 - The number of beneficiaries refers to the total number of single individuals and heads of family units on social assistance plus all their dependents (i.e., spouses, dependent children and dependent adults).

Numbers may not add up due to rounding.