Ontario Works

Ontario Works is an active employment program designed to assist persons in need including single people, couples with and without children, and sole support parents, through the provision of financial assistance and employment supports. The goal of Ontario Works (OW) is to assist people to become self-sufficient by providing the necessary tools and support to move to sustainable employment. In return for this support, participants sign a Participation Agreement that clearly outlines what is expected from them as part of this path to self-sufficiency.    


People receiving Ontario Works may be eligible to participate in various employment enhancing activities such as Employment Placement Community Placement  and the Self Employment initiatives, literacy upgrading and other job search-related activities. Teen and young adult parents between the ages of 16 and 25 may also participate in the Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) component of the Ontario Works program.

The Financial Assistance through the Ontario Works program is calculated based on individual circumstance, and taking into account family size, living arrangements, and income sources and asset levels. The assistance is intended to cover basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, shelter and personal needs items. In addition, examples of other benefits which may also be available to eligible recipients in certain circumstances, include:



Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
General Inquiries call: 705-474-2151 or toll free at 1-877-829-5121.  


Our Mission:

Proactively enabling inclusive, healthy and prosperous communities within the District of Nipissing through a focus on prevention, innovation and accessible quality human services.

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Important Notices


Beginning September 1st, social assistance clients can start using their Ontario health card to access drug coverage in Ontario. Paper drug eligibility cards are being phased out over the next few months and starting December 1, 2016, social assistance recipients will no longer get a card each month with their statement, but will use their Ontario health card at all Ontario pharmacies where they get prescription medication. If citizens (or their family members) don’t have an Ontario Health Card/number, they are advised to speak with their caseworker or visit their nearest Service Ontario centre or call 1-800-644-8988 / 1-888-789-4199.​

Follow Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) through the following:




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