Support Programs

Service at a Glance

Special Supports Program

The Special Supports Program provides a wide range of health related benefits to City residents living independently in the community to improve their quality of life, health, wellness, safety and self-sufficiency.

Health related benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Bathroom assistive devices such as grab bars, commodes etc.
  • Diabetic supplies
  • Hearing aids and batteries
  • Custom foot orthotics and orthopedic footwear
  • Hospital bed and mattress
  • Surgical, incontinent and ostomy supplies
  • Wheelchair batteries and repairs
  • Medical taxi transportation
  • Eye glasses
  • Adult day programs user fee
  • Personal emergency response
  • Other services and special items
Do I qualify for an Affordable Transit Pass?

The Affordable Transit Pass helps employed City of Hamilton residents living with a low income purchase an adult monthly bus pass for half price.

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Live in the City of Hamilton
  • Be currently working in a full time, part time or casual position
  • Be between the ages of 18 to 64 years
  • Receive assistance from Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program or your family income falls below the Low-Income cut-off
I can't afford to see a Dentist

Dental services are available to those receiving:

  • Ontario Works
  • Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
  • Low income seniors and their families
Helping Hands

Helping Hands provides home support to eligible low income senior citizens and the disabled. Services include house cleaning, rug shampooing, window cleaning, laundry, air conditioner installation, spring and fall yard clean-up, lawn and yard maintenance, snow shoveling and packing.

Funerals, Burials & Cremations

The City of Hamilton provides financial assistance on behalf of deceased Hamilton residents who do not have sufficient funds in their estate to fully cover the cost of a basic funeral, burial and/or cremation.

Ontario Renovates Program for Homeowners

The Homeowner Ontario Renovates offers financial assistance to low-income households who own and occupy substandard housing to enable them to repair their dwellings to a minimum level of health and safety.