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Financial assistance

Financial support for individuals who need urgent help

Applications for Ontario Works, Emergency Assistance and Essential Health and Social Supports (EHSS) programs will be completed over the phone or online. To apply:

Ongoing Ontario Works clients

  • All four Employment and Social Services offices are closed temporarily to the public to support physical distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staff will continue to provide telephone or e-mail support from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
  • Call your case worker or call 3-1-1, select 1 for English, 4 for Social Services, then 2 for supports available to update your file.
  • You do not need to drop off documents, including income reporting statements. Keep the documents to give to your case worker later.
  • Visit ontario.ca/mybenefits to get payment information, report income or change your address. For help to register, call 1-888-999-6130 or your case worker.

Local community supports

  • Call 2-1-1 or go online and search by topic for income support and referrals to local community, social, government and health services.

Other financial supports for individuals and families

Note: For a full list of Canada’s financial assistance programs, visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

Financial support for individuals and families

Financial support for people facing unemployment or unable to work

Financial support for people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation

Financial support for seniors

Financial support for students and recent graduates

Additional supports