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Other OW Benefits

For those who are eligible to receive Ontario Works financial assistance, the following benefits may also be available:

Advance Child Care Benefit  

If you are on Ontario Works and start employment, you may have child care costs before your first pay. You may be eligible to have these costs covered up to the actual cost for licensed care and a maximum of $600 per child for unlicensed care.

Dental & Vision Card  

Covers emergency dental care (relief of pain only) for adults. Children 17 years of age and under are covered under the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. Vision care services for adults and dependent children (under 18 years of age) are covered in accordance with the County of Northumberland Vision Plan (e.g. purchase and/or repair of frames and lenses). Denture services may also be covered; must be pre-approved prior to the commencement of treatment.  

Diabetic Supplies  

Must have doctor's prescription stating requirements. 

Drug Benefit  

Issued for all family members listed on your monthly cheque, and covers medications listed under the Ontario Drug Benefit Plan. Changes to the way you access drug coverage, effective 09 2016.

Extended Health Benefit  

If you are no longer eligible for Ontario Works due to income (e.g. CPP, OAS, etc), you may be still eligible for extended health benefits (e.g. prescriptions and/or other health related costs). You must have been in receipt of Ontario Works assistance the month prior to applying for this benefit.

Extended Employment Health Benefit   Drug card may be issued for a period of up to 6 months after leaving Ontario Works due to employment income.
Extended Start-up Benefit   If you are starting new employment, your hours of work have increased or you have started an employment related activity, you may be eligible to receive up to a maximum of $253 to cover costs such as clothing, work boots, hard hat, transportation, etc.
Full-time Employment Benefit   If you have been in receipt of Ontario Works assistance for at least 3 months, and you get full-time employment (over 30 hours per week), you may be eligible to receive up to $500 maximum to cover employment start-up costs. Confirmation of employment is required.
Guide Dog Benefit   Monthly costs for registered guide dog are covered for up to $64 per month.
Medical Travel and Transportation   Covers transportation costs to medical appointments, therapy, etc.
Shelter Benefit  

You may be eligible for municipal funding to help with last month's rent, moving costs, utility deposits and/or utility arrears to avoid disconnection or to reconnect, under Northumberland's Shelter Benefit Program.

Surgical Supplies   You may be eligible for this benefit if you are being treated at home after surgery.
Transition Child Benefit  

Parents who do not get the maximum Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) and maximum National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS), will be eligible for the Transition Child Benefit. Maximum of $213 may be issued for each child under the age of 18, if eligible.

Other Discretionary Benefits   Municipal funding may also be available to cover dental cleaning for pregnant women, baby supplies and child care while attending medical appointments.

To learn more or to access any of these benefits, contact your Ontario Works caseworker directly.




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