Ontario Works

Apply for Ontario Works

Ontario Works provides temporary financial and employment assistance, also known as social assistance, for people who are in financial need. 

How to apply

Step 1: Documentation

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 online application

Application options

Apply online

Service available 24 hours, 7 days a week, in English or French.
If you have an email and telephone number you can apply online using the new Social Assistance Digital Application (SADA). Visit Ontario.ca/socialassistance to apply online.

Apply by phone

You can call our office at 905-546-4800 and press option 3 or call toll free at 1-855-999-8729. Service available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, in English or French.

Step 2: In-office appointment to verify application

An 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.