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Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit

Ongoing Ontario Works clients may be eligible to receive additional money to establish themselves in the community in the following situations:

  • Victims of family violence, including spousal, same sex partner, or child abuse
  • Persons who are homeless
  • Uninhabitable premises. Where the uninhabitable conditions are not clearly evident, the worker will seek verification from a third party, e.g. a building or health inspector, or physician
  • A move out of the home where the need has been clearly established, including the following:
    • A disabled person moves because of the incapacity or death of the supporting, care-giving family member(s)
    • Overcrowded conditions within the premises
    • Children and sole support parents who have a documented need to relocate
    • Persons faced with eviction from their premises
    • Persons who need to move due to employment or training opportunities
    • Persons who wish to move to more affordable accommodation, closer to or within current shelter ranges, due to hardship arising from extreme shelter costs.
  • Persons being discharged from the following institutions:
    • Correctional facility
    • Hospital
    • Hostel
    • Nursing Home
    • Special Care Home
    • Interval and Transition Home

Examples of allowable costs of establishing residence in the community include the following:

  • Clothing
  • Fuel and hydro deposits
  • Household furnishings
  • Last months rent deposit
  • Moving and transportation to the home

The maximum amount of Community Startup and Maintenance Benefit for a 24 month period is:

  • $1500 for participants with dependent children under 18 years of age
  • $799 for all other participants

The approved amount is based on verifiable costs, which are necessary to establish a permanent residence in the community.

Revised: Monday April 20 2009


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