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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 attached Ontario Works Rate Chart 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

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 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.

The attached Ontario Works Rate Chart provides a summary of allowable asset limits. 

During the application process, additional information about assets and asset limits will be provided. 

Revised: Tuesday September 30 2014


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