Home Management 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. 


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 Home Management Program offers programs to teach individuals, families and groups, through practical instruction and coaching, the skills necessary to be more successful and independent in their day to day living.

Home Management custom designs programs to meet the unique needs of each client and group with the goal of gaining skills in basic daily living such as:

  • budgeting, household management and routines
  • coping with housing issues
  • basic nutrition, menu planning and meal preparation
  • parenting
  • goal setting, problem-solving, time management, stress management, self-esteem and more
  • Low income families or individuals
  • Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients
  • Must live in the City of Hamilton

Statistics Canada Low-Income cut-off chart

Family Size Income (after taxes)
1 $24,600
2 $30,625
3 $37,650
4 $45,712
5 $51,846
6 $58,473
7+ $65,101

How to make a referral

Referrals are accepted from community agencies or individuals.

To make a referral you will need to:

One of our staff members will contact you to confirm we have received your faxed referral.

You may also call our general line to have your application taken over the phone during business hours.

If you would like a presentation to your group by one of our Home Management staff, you can send your request by email. Ensure to include:

  • your contact details
  • date for the presentation
  • desired topic
  • number of attendees

Contact us

Email: homemanagement@hamilton.ca
Phone: 905-546-4804 
Fax: 905-546-3095