RESOURCES & INFORMATION
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Government Supports - For All Ontarians
Employment Insurance (EI)
Employment Insurance is a social program that contributes to the security of all Canadians by providing assistance to workers who lose their jobs and helping unemployed people across the country to get back to work.
Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Programs
Low to moderate income households may be eligible for housing assistance. Please contact your local Service Manager to see if you’re eligible.
Ontario Sales Tax Credit
This credit helps low- to moderate-income individuals and families with the sales tax they pay. The credit is part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit.
Ontario Works (Welfare)
Ontario Works helps people who are in financial need. ... Financial assistance, including: income support to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter, health benefits for clients and their families. Employment assistance to help clients find, prepare for and keep a job.
Government Supports - For Seniors
Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is a contributory, earnings-related social insurance program. It forms one of the two major components of Canada's public retirement income system, the other component being Old Age Security (OAS).
Old Age Security (OAS)
The Old Age Security pension (or OAS or OAS-GIS) is a taxable monthly social security payment available to most Canadians 65 years of age or older with individual income less than $114,815. As of January 2016, the basic amount is $570.52 per month.
Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
Old Age Security Pension. ... The Allowance is a monthly benefit for low-income seniors (aged 60-64) whose spouse or common-law partner is eligible for, or currently receiving, the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
GAINS: Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System
If you are 65+ years old and receive the federal Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement payments, you could get up to $83 per month to ensure your income stays above a certain amount.
Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant
If you are 64+ years old and own a home, you could get up to $500 to help with the cost of property taxes.
Reduced Co-payment for Lower Income Seniors
Depending on your annual income, you may be able to have the ODB $100 annual deductible waived and have your co-payment reduced to $2 per prescription.
Government Supports - For People with Disabilities
Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability Benefit is the largest long-term disability insurance program in Canada. It is designed to provide financial assistance to CPP contributors who are not able to work regularly because of a severe and prolonged disability (as defined by the CPP legislation).
The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is a means-tested government-funded last resort income support paid for qualifying residents in the province of Ontario, Canada, who are above the age of 18 and have a disability. ODSP and Ontario Works (OW) are the two main components of Ontario's social assistance system.
Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities
If you are a parent caring for a child under 18 years old with a severe disability, you may be able to receive some financial help.
Children with special needs
Children with special needs may require personalized attention and activities or special devices, toys and equipment. Special Needs Resourcing (SNR) helps support the inclusion of children with special needs in licensed child care settings and approved recreation programs at no additional cost to parents / guardians.
Assistive Devices Program
If you or your child has a long-term physical disability, you can apply for help to pay for some needed equipment and supplies.
Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit
If you are 65+ years old, you could get up to $1,500 to help with the cost of making your home safer and more accessible.
Home and Vehicle Modification Program
You could get money to help with the cost of making your home and vehicle more accessible if you or your child has a disability that restricts mobility.
Ontario Disability Support Program Dental Care
Dental care services such as oral exams, x-rays, fillings and extractions may be provided for free to ODSP recipients and their family.
Ontario Drug Benefit Program
Find out if the cost of your prescription drugs are covered by the province.
Trillium Drug Program
If you have high prescription drug costs and a low household income, you may be able to pay $2 or less for every prescription.
Ontario Trillium Benefit
The Ontario Trillium Benefit helps people pay for energy costs, and provides relief for sales and property tax.
Employment Ontario Service Information
Employment Ontario offers job seekers, newcomers, apprentices, students, employers, and communities a single point of access to Ontario's employment and training programs and services.
Hotline 1-800-387-5656 (toll free)
Employment Ontario can help you get training, build skills or find a job. We connect people looking for work with employers looking for workers.
Ontario Self-Employment Benefit (OSEB)
Ontario Self-Employment Benefit (OSEB) The Ontario Self-Employment Benefit provides unemployed people who are or have recently been eligible for Employment Insurance with income and entrepreneurial support while they develop and start their business.
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (formerly Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) is the ministry of the government of Ontario responsible for administration of laws relating to post-secondary education and skills training. ... The Ministry's offices are in downtown Toronto, Ontario.
Second Career is an Ontario government program that will pay your tuition. The Ontario government is helping laid-off workers get back to work. You may qualify for up to $28 000, or more in some cases, to pay for tuition and expenses such as: Books.
Youth Job Link (YJL)
Youth Job Link (YJL) Youth Job Link is designed to help youth, including students, aged 15 to 29, who do not face significant barriers to employment, but who could benefit from some extra help to plan their careers and transition to the labour market.
Youth Job Connection (YJC)
Youth Job Connection (YJC) is a program to help youth, 15 – 29 years old, find and keep jobs. It is a PAID program with several components.
Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG)
Canada-Ontario Job Grant (the Job Grant) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.
Start an Apprenticeship
Find out how you qualify and apply to be an apprentice in a skilled trade.
Literacy & Basic Skills (LBS) Adult learning
Take courses to improve your reading, writing and math skills, your English or French or to get your high school diploma.
Government Supports - For Child Care
Ontario Child Care Subsidy
Families can apply for the Ontario child care subsidy. The cost of this program is shared by the Ontario government, municipal governments and First Nations communities.
Children’s Activity Tax Credit
You could get money back for activities like soccer, painting classes and music lessons for your child.
Healthy Smiles Ontario
Children 17 years old and under from low-income households may qualify to receive preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for free. Children 17 and under are automatically enrolled in Healthy Smiles Ontario when they or their family receive: Ontario Works, Temporary Care Assistance, Ontario Disability Support Program, or Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities.
Subsidies for adoption and legal custody
Families who adopt or take legal custody of eligible children may receive subsidies from their children’s aid society to help with the cost of caring for those children.
Temporary Care Assistance
If you are looking after a child in financial need and you are not the child’s legal caregiver, you may be able to get money on behalf of the child.
Universal Child Care Benefit
The Government of Canada's Universal Child Benefit also helps Canadian families pay for child care costs.
Canada Child Tax Benefit
The Canada Child Tax Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment. It helps families pay for the costs of raising children under the age of 18.
Child Tax Benefits
The Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) helps low-to-moderate income families – whether they are working or not – to provide for their children.
Government Supports - For Students
30% Off Ontario Tuition
Find out if you’re eligible for 30% off your Ontario tuition.
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
Ontario Student Assistance Program. You can get grants and loans to help you pay for university or college when you qualify for OSAP.
Government Supports - For Women
Employment Training for Abused and at-Risk Women
Employment training for women who have experienced abuse or are at risk of abuse to develop new skills, find employment, and achieve economic security.
Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Training
Pre-apprenticeship training in the skilled trades and training in information technology to low-income women.
Microlending for Women in Ontario Program
Entrepreneurship training for low-income women who are seeking to start their own business.
City & Government Websites
City of Toronto - East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, Toronto, York - http://www.toronto.ca/
Halton Region - Halton Hills, Milton, Burlington, Oakville - http://www.halton.ca/
Peel Region - Caledon, Brampton, Mississauga -
York Region - King, Vaughan, Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, aurora, Richmond Hill
Durham Region - Uxbridge, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Scugog, Brock
Government of Ontario - http://www.ontario.ca/en/residents/index.htm
Service Ontario - http://www.ontario.ca/welcome-ontario
Government of Canada - http://www.canada.gc.ca/home.html
Service Canada - http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml/