Help for young parents on Ontario Works

If you are eligible, Ontario Works can provide you with money to help you cover the costs of your basic needs (e.g. food) and housing costs. This is called financial assistance.

The amount of money you may receive from Ontario Works will depend on your:

  • family size
  • income
  • assets, and
  • housing costs.

For young parents between the ages of 16 and 25, Ontario Works offers the Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) program.

LEAP can help you:

  • finish high school
  • improve your parenting skills, and
  • prepare for and find work so you can support yourself and your family.

Participation in LEAP is mandatory if:

  • you are a 16 or 17-year-old parent
  • you are receiving Ontario Works, and
  • you have not graduated from high school.

If you successfully complete the program, you may qualify for $500 to use toward:

  • your post-secondary education or a training program, or
  • investing in an education trust fund for your children.

If you're a parent between the ages of 18 and 25, receiving Ontario Works and you have not completed high school, we also encourage you to take advantage of the LEAP program.

For more information, please contact your local Ontario Works office.


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