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Basic Financial Assistance

The basic financial assistance Ontario Works issues each month includes an amount for Basic Needs and Shelter (if required), or an amount for Board and Lodging depending on your individual circumstances.

The tables that follow provide an estimate of the monthly basic financial assistance you may be eligible to receive, based on

  • living arrangements (rent/own vs. board and lodge)
  • number of dependents
  • age of dependents, and
  • marital or common law status
  • dependent children who are living with their parents and have dependent children

In addition to these factors, the following factors may also affect the amount of assistance you receive or your eligibility for assistance:

  • Accommodation costs
  • Income sources
  • Financial status (dependent vs. independent) if living with your parent(s)
  • Assets (Note: Assets are anything of material value that an individual owns and can be converted into cash)

Basic Needs
(*maximum allowances are indicated)

Number of Dependents

Single Applicant

Applicant and Spouse

No Dependents

$250

$458

1 Dependent
0-17 years

$344

$458

1 Dependent
18 years or older

$575

$602

1 Dependent
0-17 years and
1 Dependent
18 years or older

$575

$602

2 Dependents
0-17 years

$344

$458

2 Dependents
18 years or older

$719

$762

2 Dependents
0-17 years
1 dependent
18 years or older

$575

$602

2 Dependents
18 years or older
1 Dependent
0-17 years

$719

$762

3 Dependents
0-17 years

$344

$458

3 Dependents
18 years or older

$880

$923


Note: For each additional dependent in your family, the following amount of assistance is added according to the age of the dependent(s)

If the dependent is...

Then the amount of
basic needs issued is...

0-17 years

$0

18 years or older

$161

Shelter Rates
(*maximum allowances are indicated)

Family Size

Maximum Shelter Allowance

1

$376

2

$596

3

$648

4

$702

5

$758

6 or more

$785


Board and Lodging Rates
(*maximum allowances are indicated)

Number of Dependents

Single Applicant

Applicant and Spouse

No Dependents

$434

$639

1 Dependent 0-17 years

$585

$697

1 Dependent 18 years or older

$696

$733

2 Dependents 0-17 years

$651

$752

2 Dependents 18 years or older

$806

$822

2 Dependents 0-17 years

$651

$752

3 Dependents 0-17 years

$713

$807

3 Dependents 18 years or older

$904

$911

1 Dependent 0-17 years and
2 Dependents 18 years or older

$868

$877

1 Dependent 18 years or older and 2 Dependents 0-17 years

$575

$602


The following table indicates the amount of assistance to add for each additional dependent determined by age of dependent and family composition.

Family Composition

Age of Dependent

18 years or older

0-17 years

Single Applicant

$109

$62

Applicant and Spouse

$92

$55

The following table indicates the amount of basic needs and maximum shelter issued to cases with dependent children living with their parents who have dependent children of their own.

Dependent(s) of a Dependent

Number of Dependent Children

Entitlement

1st child

$338

2nd child

$389

3rd child

$444

4th child

$499

5 or more children

$527

Please access this link to print the chart in pdf format.

Other Benefits

In addition to basic financial assistance, you may be eligible for other benefits depending on your circumstances.

For more information about other benefits please access the Benefits page.

Assets

Assets are anything of material value that an individual owns and can be converted into cash . Ontario Works will need to know about the assets you and/or your family owns as this information helps determine whether you are eligible for assistance (examples include: cash on hand, money in bank accounts, motor vehicles, investments).

You are allowed to have assets while receiving Ontario Works benefits, but there is a limit on the maximum value of your assets while receiving assistance.

More information about assets and asset limits will be provided during the application process.

The following chart highlights the Ontario Works asset limits, which are determined by your family size.

Asset Limits

Family Size

OW Asset Limits

Single

$2500

Couple

$5000

Sole Support Parent & 1 Child

$3000*

Couple & 1 Child

$5500*

Temporary Care Child &
Dependent(s) of Dependent

$500 for each Dependent

*add $500 for each additional Dependent

Please access this link to print the chart in pdf format.

Ontario Child Benefit information (OCB) Information

Cheque Insert - August 1, 2008

English (PDF 60KB, 1 page)
French (PDF 60KB, 1 page)

Revised: Friday September 13 2013

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