Ontario Works provides income and employment assistance for people who are in financial need. The program, while providing funds for housing and basic needs like food, benefits (e.g. dental), and medication costs, focuses on helping people find work and become financially independent.
In addition, the program also assists individuals and families with the purchase of health and non-health related items to improve the quality of life, health, wellness and safety to support independence in our community. These benefits are not covered by other government programs.
We align with the City's Strategic Priorities:
Healthy & Safe Communities
The immediate mandate for Ontario Works Hamilton is to provide timely and efficient financial assistance to all eligible citizens in order to meet their basic food and shelter needs.
Economic Prosperity & Growth
The objective of Ontario Works Hamilton is to work with each citizen accessing our services and support them in achieving their goals for sustainable employment or an alternate permanent financial support source.
DATA NOTE: The Citizen Dashboard is in the process of being converted into an Open Data format, linking the Citizen Dashboard with Open Hamilton. During this conversion, the data on the Citizen Dashboard will not be updated quarterly, resulting in some data being out of date. The conversion is underway and is expected to be fully completed by June 2019.
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