Affordable Transit Pass Program

Ontario Works Social Assistance Cheques

The October 1 cheque will not be mailed even if a collective agreement is reached between Canada Post and its letter carriers. 

Ontario Works recipients

Ontario Works recipients can pick up their October 1 monthly cheque at Carisma Church, 16 West Avenue South, Hamilton on the following days:

  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Friday, September 28, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • ​Monday, October 1, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm

UPDATE: Ontario Works recipients who did not pick up their October 1 monthly cheque at Carisma Church are asked to speak with their case manager directly. 

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

Monthly direct deposit statements and dental cards will continue to be mailed. 

Landlords

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. 

UPDATE: Ontario Works payments to landlords that were not picked up by the end of the day on October 1, 2018, have been placed in the mail.

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.

UPDATE: Effective October 2, 2018:

  • All new payments, direct deposit statements and dental cards to OW recipients will be placed in the mail following regular business processes.
  • All new payments to landlords and vendors will be placed in the mail following regular business processes.

Regular business processes will continue until further information concerning a possible strike is received and assessed for impact to our recipients, landlords and vendors.

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

The Affordable Transit Pass program allows eligible residents to purchase an Adult Monthly Transit Pass for half price. There is a limited number of passes available. They are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Who can apply for the Affordable Transit Pass program?

To qualify for the Affordable Transit Pass program, you must meet all of the following:

  • You live in the City of Hamilton
  • You are currently working in a full time, part time or casual position. This does not include those who are self-employed.
  • You are between the ages of 18 to 64 years. This does not include those who qualify for HSR’s student or senior fares.
  • You receive assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program but do not receive transportation costs for other activities (e.g. medical transportation);
    OR
    Your family income falls below the 2006 Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-Off for your family size (see table below), you can provide last year’s Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency and four recent, consecutive pay stubs.

2006 Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-Off

Family Size Income (after taxes)
1 $17,570
2 $21,384
3 $26,628
4 $33,221
5 $37,828
6 $41,953
7+ $46,077