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Financial Assistance and Other Benefits

Ontario Works provides monthly financial assistance to cover basic needs like food and housing costs. You may also qualify for prescription drug coverage and other types of benefits as required.


Monthly Allowance

This table shows the maximum amount clients can get each month depending on things like their family size, shelter costs and income.

Family Size Maximum Monthly Allowance
Single Client $721
Client and their spouse $1,118
Client, spouse and one child $1,172
Client and two children $1,020
Client, spouse and three children $1,288

(rates effective as of October 2017)


Prescription Drug Coverage

As Ontario Works clients, you and your family will receive coverage for prescription drugs that are listed in the Ontario Drug Formulary.

See the Ontario Drug Benefit website for more information.


Other Benefits

Clients can get financial assistance for some special items and services as well as their monthly allowance. Clients will have to talk to their case coordinator to see if they can get extra financial assistance for:

  • Dental care
  • Vision care
  • Special diet allowance
  • Employment start-up benefits

How to Apply

See Applying for Employment and Financial Assistance.




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