Families First is a program for sole support parents who receive Ontario Works Assistance. It offers employment, health, and childcare services to parents as well as recreation for their children.
Support is provided through a focused and coordinated approach to helping sole support parents become independent. This is achieved through the collaboration of Ontario Works in Peel, Peel Children's Services, and Peel Health.
Studies show that sole support parents on social assistance experience permanent benefits when they receive additional health, employment, and childcare services and recreational opportunities for their children.
- To improve the financial position of sole support parents
- To improve the mental and physical health of sole support families in Peel
- To promote healthy lifestyle activities, physical fitness, cognitive functioning, and self-esteem for children and youth of sole support families
- To reduce sole support parents' reliance on fragmented health care and social assistance services
- To reduce child poverty
To help sole support parents reduce
dependency on social assistance in the Region of