Ontario works is a program dedicated to helping people in Ontario break the cycle of dependency on the welfare system. This "made-in-Ontario" program brings together the resources of government, the community and the private sector to give people who are able to work a hand-up.
Through Ontario Works, social assistance recipients may volunteer to perform community service work or take training that will lead to an immediate job. These community placements will help in many ways. They may reconnect people to the workforce by strengthening work habits needed on the job or add new job skills and references to resumes.
Ontario Works is an active, mandatory labour market program for employable recipients. It is designed to provide temporary income support as people move toward independence. For example:
- finding a job
- training for jobs
- participation in community services activities
- job placements
- referral to basic education, formal training and other sources of assistance such as Ontario Student Assistance
- link to child care and other supports as needed
The participation agreement outlines the plan of activities based on skills and available opportunities. General Welfare offices have become Ontario Works Centres - with the look and feel of an employment agency, focused on getting people back to work.
You may also be interested in information about the Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families.
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