Ontario Works Benefits

Filled Prescription As an Ontario Works participant, you are eligible for some health, employment and other benefits in addition to the monthly cash benefit you receive. Your Ontario Works casemanager can discuss your eligibility for benefits with you.

Health Benefits

You and your family may be eligible for certain health-related benefits including:

Prescription Drug Coverage

  • For most drugs prescribed by an approved healthcare professional
  • To fill a prescription, take your current month's drug card to the pharmacy

Dental Coverage for Adults

  • Basic dental coverage for relief of pain and suffering only
  • For dental service, take your current month's dental card to the dentist

Dental Coverage for Children

Note: Children and youth currently receiving benefits from Ontario Works will be automatically moved into the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program.

Vision Care

  • Prescription eyeglasses and eyeglass repairs
  • Eye exams for participants not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Program (includes those between the ages of 20 and 64)

Diabetic or Surgical Supplies and Dressings

  • Prescribed supplies that are not covered under other coverage

Medical Travel

  • To appointments including medical, rehabilitation, or counselling

Assistive Devices

  • The balance of the cost of the device not covered by The Assistive Devices Program of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care including:
    • Mobility devices
    • Visual aids
    • Hearing aids
    • Orthotics/prosthetics
    • Speech devices
    • Medical supplies
    • Respiratory devices
    • The cost of an assessment for an assistive device

Extended Health Benefits

If you have high health costs and no longer qualify for financial help from Ontario Works, Extended Health Benefits may be available to help to cover the cost of items such as:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Dental care for dependent children
  • Vision care for dependent children
  • Hearing aids
  • Batteries and necessary repairs for mobility devices
  • Diabetic supplies
  • Surgical supplies and dressings
  • Transportation for medical appointments should they cost exceed more than $15 per month

Employment Benefits

Benefits may be available to help you with the costs of taking part in an employment activity, getting a job or leaving Ontario Works for employment such as:

Employment Related Expenses

Child Care Costs

  • Help to cover the costs of child care if you get a job, or are involved in an employment activity

Full-Time Employment Benefit

  • If you are starting a full-time job, you may get help to cover the cost of items such as:
    • Clothing or uniforms
    • Safety shoes or work boots
    • Tools and special equipment
    • Transportation
    • Licensing or professional fees

Extended Employment Health Benefit

The Extended Employment Health Benefit may be available to you if:

  • You no longer qualify for financial help under Ontario Works because you got a job
  • You do not have a health benefits plan with your employer

Other Benefits

If you are receiving Ontario Works, you may be able to receive other benefits.

Transition Child Benefit

If you have children under the age of 18, you may be eligible to receive the Transition Child Benefit if:

  • You are not receiving the Ontario Child Benefit
  • You are receiving less than the maximum amount of the Ontario Child Benefit for any of your children
  • You are waiting for your monthly Ontario Child Benefit payment to start.

The amount of Transition Child Benefit you receive depends on how much you receive from the Ontario Child Benefit and the National Child Benefit Supplement. The benefit is temporary and repayable.

Guide Dog Benefit

If you own a certified guide dog, you may receive money to help you pay for the dog's care.

Other Employment and Employment Assistance Activities Benefit

It is provided to assist with the costs associated with beginning or changing employment or an employment assistance activity. Some examples may include appropriate work wear, grooming costs, tools and equipment and transportation costs.

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