How much can I get from Ontario Works (OW)?
The amount depends on your living arrangements, the size of your family and if anyone else in your family has an income.
The Ontario government sets a maximum amount that you can get per month.
OW May Deduct Money From Your Payments
Ontario Works has 2 categories of income:
OW deducts some money from your payments based on your chargeable income. Chargeable income includes:
- Employment earnings or wages
- Training wages or allowances
- Child support or spousal support payments
- National Child Benefit Supplement
- Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits
- Workplace Safety Insurance (WSIB) Benefits
- Other government benefits, such as Canada Pension Plan benefits
- Sponsorship payments
- Private accident or sick benefit insurance
- Private or foreign pensions
- Income you get from tenants, including roomers or boarders
- Income from rental property you own
- Interests and dividends from any investments you have
OW does not deduct money from your OW payments for non-chargeable income. Non-chargeable income includes:
- Canadian Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
- Income tax refunds
- Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit
- Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families
- Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
Depending on your situation, you may also get:
- Health benefits
- Employment benefits
- Housing benefits (called Community Start Up and Maintenance benefits)
- Other benefits
Find more information about benefits.
For More Information
- Ontario Works Benefits - Links to information about the types of benefits you might qualify for.
- When You Earn Money While on Ontario Works - Official information about money deducted from your payments.
- Social Assistance Law - Clear language information about your legal rights to social assistance. From CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario).