|City of Hamilton
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Monday to Friday
Office LocationsOntario Works
East End Office
2255 Barton St. E., Unit 3
905-540-6344Directions to East End OfficeOntario Works
1550 Upper James St.,
905-546-1018 Directions to Mountain OfficeOntario Works
250 Main St., E.,
L8N 1H7 Fax:
905-546-2877Directions to Central Office
Career Development Centre (CDC)
181 Main St. W., 3rd Flr.
Directions to CDC Office
350 King Street East,
Unit 110 (First Place)
Hamilton, ON L8N 3Y3
Directions to Housing Services
Ontario Works provides temporary financial and employment assistance, also known as social assistance, for people who are in financial need.
Apply for Ontario Works (Social Assistance)
Step 1: How to Apply
You will need information from a number of documents to complete an application. It's a good idea to get these documents together before you start. Review list of documents you will need to complete the application
- Apply Online for Social Assistance (available 24 hours, 7 days a week, in English or French)
Eligibility may take 15 minutes and another 20-30 minutes for the application. You will receive a call within 3 business days to book an in-office appointment. If you were not able to provide a phone number please call our office at 905-546-4800 and press 1, within 5 days of completing the application.
- Apply by Phone at 905-546-4800 and press 1 (available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, in English or French)
Step 2: In-Office Appointment to Verify ApplicationAn in-office appointment is necessary to complete the application process. During the appointment, you will be expected to provide required information, complete and sign the application and all accompanying forms. You will need to bring your spouse (if you have one) and any children who are 18 or older to the appointment and all supporting documents used to complete the application. If you are not physically able to come to the in-office appointment, please advise us and we will make other arrangements with you.
Receiving Ontario Works (Social Assistance)
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