Ontario Works

Ontario Works Caseload May 2018

This program helps people who are in financial need. It offers two types of assistance:

  • Financial assistance, including:
    • income support to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter
    • health benefits for clients and their families
  • Employment assistance to help clients find, prepare for and keep a job. This assistance may include:
    • workshops on resume writing and interviewing
    • job counselling
    • job-specific training
    • access to basic education, so clients can finish high school or improve their language skills

In most cases, a client must agree to participate in employment assistance activities in order to receive financial assistance.

Emergency assistance is also available to people who are in a crisis or an emergency situation (e.g. people who have lost their homes, are leaving an abusive relationship and/or are worried about their safety).


Temporary Care Assistance (TCA)

In May 2018, there were 6,176 TCA cases`receiving social assistance on behalf of 8,824 children.

This program provides money to an adult on behalf of a child who:

  • needs financial help
  • is not the caregiver's legal dependant
  • is not under the care of a Children's Aid Society