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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Learn about temporary program changes during the COVID-19 outbreak for Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.

If you need money to travel to get a COVID-19 vaccination, speak with your caseworker.

If you have other exceptional COVID-19-related costs, ask your case worker about discretionary benefits.

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Current Ontario Works and ODSP recipients

If you currently receive income support from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, you will continue to receive your regular monthly payments.

Get information about your Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program

Find your Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office.

Health and safety notice

To help ensure the health and safety of clients and staff, we are asking that clients do not visit Ontario Works or ODSP local offices at this time.


  • Stay at home
  • Call your caseworker for information
  • Sign up for MyBenefits
  • Call your caseworker to ask about receiving payments electronically through direct bank deposit

If you are told you must visit us, remember the following to help ensure everyone’s safety:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Do your best to keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from others
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, washing your hands after you do
  • Please delay your visit if you are unwell, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), or you have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days

Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

We're improving service for social assistance recipients in Ontario.

  • MyBenefits is a new online service that makes it faster, easier and more convenient for people on social assistance to securely access case information anytime, anywhere on any device
  • Making it easier to access ODSP dental benefits
  • Direct bank deposit is a safe and easy way to receive social assistance payments. Instead of receiving a cheque, the money you are eligible to receive will be deposited directly into your bank account each month. Call your caseworker to enrol.

Program news and updates

February 11, 2021 - Ontario Working with Municipal Partners to Improve Social Assistance

Read Recovery & Renewal: Ontario’s Vision for Social Assistance Transformation

September 30, 2020 - Ontario Modernizes Social Assistance to Help More People Re-enter the Workforce

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