Ontario Works

Ontario Works Social Assistance Cheques

Ontario Works social assistance cheques and direct deposit statements for October 1 have not been mailed to avoid them being held in the postal system.

Ontario Works recipients

Ontario Works recipients can pick up their October cheque or statement at Carisma Church, 16 West Avenue South, Hamilton on the following days:

  • Friday, September 28, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Monday, October 1, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Ontario Works recipients who regularly receive social assistance payments by direct deposit will continue to have their funds deposited into their bank account.

For more information, please call Ontario Works at 905-546-4800.


Ontario Works payments to landlords have not been mailed to avoid cheques being held in the postal system.  Landlords can pick up their cheques at the Ontario Works office located at 2255 Barton Street East, Hamilton weekdays from 12 noon to 4 pm, starting Monday, September 24.  Please bring photo ID and a letter from the landlord authorizing you to pick up the cheque on their behalf. 

Ontario Works payments and City of Hamilton payments to vendors will be continue to be mailed until a 72 Hour Notice of Intent to Strike has been issued.  If that occurs, cheques can be picked up at 120 King Street, 9th floor, Thursdays and Fridays, between 1 and 3 pm.

Service at a Glance

Apply for Ontario Works

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

Looking for Ontario Works forms?

Find general forms and information for Ontario Works clients as well as Youth forms for those under 18 receiving Ontario Works benefits.

Ontario Works Contact Information

Contact Ontario Works or get information about the office locations throughout the City.