Income Supports
Housing
Job Seekers
Parents
Students
Seniors
Health & Disability

Income Supports

Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
Canada-Recovery Care-giving Benefit (CRCB)
Paid Sick Days
Ontario’s Job Protected Leave
Emergency Assistance
Ontario Works
Low-income Individuals and Families (LIFT) Tax Credit

Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits

Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits can provide you with up to 15 weeks of financial assistance if you cannot work for medical reasons. You could receive 55% of your earnings up to a maximum of $595 a week. As of September 25, 2021, there are some temporary changes to the EI program to help you access EI benefits. These changes will be in effect for 1 year. Go to EI benefits to find the benefit type that applies to your situation. 

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The CRB provides eligible workers with $500 per week, for up to 26 weeks for those who have stopped working and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI), or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by 50 percent due to COVID-19.

Canada-Recovery Care-giving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19.

Paid Sick Days

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.

Ontario’s Job Protected Leave

The Employment Standards Act allows workers to take unpaid, job-protected infectious disease emergency leave if they are not performing the duties of their position because of specified reasons related to a designated infectious disease, such as COVID. Learn more about ‘Infectious Disease Emergency Leave by clicking the following link.

Emergency Assistance

If you are in an emergency situation and you live in Ontario, you might be eligible for emergency assistance. The amount paid out, will depend on your specific situations.

Ontario Works

Ontario Works offers two types of assistance to workers, such as help covering the essential costs of living, and providing help finding/keeping a job. Those who qualify for Ontario Works can receive up to $733 a month to meet basic needs and shelter, as well as supplementary amounts for benefits and other family members who live with you.

Low-income Individuals and Families (LIFT) Tax Credit

The Low-Income Tax Credit (known as Low-Income Individuals and Families (LIFT) Tax Credit) provides up to $850 each year in Ontario personal income tax relief to low-income workers, including those earning minimum wage. It is a non-refundable tax credit that you can use to reduce or eliminate your Ontario personal tax, excluding the Ontario Health Premium.

Housing

Mortgage Payment Deferral
Residential Evictions
Rent Freeze
Ontario Electricity Rebate
Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)
Provincial Land Tax Deferral Program
Burlington Property Tax Relief

Mortgage Payment Deferral

COVID-19 has left many homeowner in Canada without a job or with reduced hours and wondering how to pay their mortgage. Homeowners facing financial stress may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral up to 6 months to help ease the financial burden. Homeowners dealing with financial strain can contact their lenders to see if they are eligible for a Mortgage Payment Deferral. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has outlined the Program behind these mortgage payment deferrals in an effort to help you understand your options.

Residential Evictions

Ontario is temporarily pausing the enforcement of residential evictions to ensure that people are not forced to leave their homes while the provincial declaration of emergency is still in effect.

Rent Freeze

The Government of Ontario has passed legislation to freeze rent at 2020 levels. This means that rents will not increase in 2021 for the vast majority or renters. Tenants who can pay rent, must do so, to the best of their abilities. Tenants who are having trouble paying rent should speak to their landlords about the possibility of deferring their rent or make other payment arrangements.

Ontario Electricity Rebate

The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) is for most households, farms, long-term care homes and small businesses. Eligible consumers automatically receive the rebate, which appears on bills as a separate line item. Starting January 1, 2021, the OER will provide eligible consumers with a 21.2% rebate from the province on the subtotal of their electricity bill. This means the average residential bill will not go up compared to November 2020.

Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

If you’re behind on your electricity or natural gas bill and face having your service disconnected, you may qualify for emergency financial help through the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP).  In order to qualify your household income has to fall beneath a certain limit, which itself is dependent on the amount of people living in the household and the combined household income.

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)

The Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) is an Ontario Energy Board Program that lowers electricity bills in lower-income households. The OESP provides a monthly credit to eligible customers based on household income and household size. OESP credits are applied directly to eligible customer’s bills.

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

On June 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario confirmed that it has made $9 million available for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) to support residential customers struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. CEAP provides a one-time, on-bill credit to eligible residential electricity and natural gas customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments. Residential customers may be eligible for up to $750 in support towards their electricity and natural gas bills, and can apply for on-bill credits for both electricity and natural gas separately.

Provincial Land Tax Deferral Program

Low-income seniors and low-income persons with disabilities can get a partial deferral of provincial land tax and education tax. The tax deferral applies to the tax increase in the current year and not to outstanding taxes.

Burlington Property Tax Relief

In 2020, Burlington City Council unanimously approved relief of penalty for property taxes in the months of April thru August 2020. No new city wide property tax relief initiatives have yet been announced by the city. However, property owners who continue to experience financial hardship are encouraged to contact property tax staff by e-mail at pap@burlington.ca .

Job Seekers

Employment Ontario
Job Bank Canada
ApprenticeSearch.com
Goodwill Career Centres
Second Career Program
Apprenticeship in Ontario
Skills Development Fund
Women’s Economic Security Program (WESP)

Employment Ontario

Employment Ontario help job seekers, workers and employers with advice, grants and other services around public and private sector employment.

Job Bank Canada

Job Bank is Canada's national employment service, helping Canadians find work and plan their careers, as well as making it easier for employers to recruit and hire across the country.

ApprenticeSearch.com

ApprenticeSearch.com is a free online job search and matching platform with an exclusive focus on apprenticeship trade positions in Ontario.

Goodwill Career Centres

Goodwill is here to support businesses and people in the community by offering remote services for job seekers and employers during COVID-19. Goodwill Career solutions are there to provide employer solutions, job postings, as well as information on wage subsidies and Canada/Ontario Job Grants. You can contact employmentservices@goodwillonline.ca or @ 905-526-8488 ext. 1307.

Second Career Program

The Ontario Government is making easier for you to acquire new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now- and financial support when you qualify for the Second Career Program. If you’ve been laid-off from one of the sectors most impacted by COVID-19 since March 1, 2020, you may benefit from additional changes brought to the Second Career Program. Applicants can receive up to $28,000 to cover costs, such as tuition, books, instructional costs, transportation, living allowances and child care.

Apprenticeship in Ontario

An apprenticeship is a pathway to a rewarding career in the trades. As an apprentice, you take classes and learn your trade by working under the direction of experienced workers – and get paid while you do it. Find out how to qualify, find a sponsor or employer to hire you, or get money or grants to help you pay for apprenticeship training and tools, by clicking the following link.

Skills Development Fund

Applications are now open for the Ontario government's new two-year $115 million Skills Development Fund. The fund, which will support workers and apprentices, is specifically designed to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and help reduce obstacles to hiring, training and retaining while preparing workers for the province's economic recovery. Applicants, including employers, apprenticeship training delivery agents, unions, post-secondary institutions, community organizations and others can submit proposals until February 28, 2021.

Women’s Economic Security Program (WESP)

The Women's Economic Security Program helps low- income women get the training to equip themselves with the skills, knowledge and experience to find a job or start a small business and increase their financial security.

Parents & Guardians

Canada Child Benefit
Halton Region: Emergency Childcare
Learning at Home
Ontario Child Benefit
Child Disability Benefit
Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

Canada Child Benefit

The Canadian Child Benefit (CCB) is administered by the Canada revenue Agency. It’s a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.

Halton Region: Emergency Childcare

In response to the Province-wide shutdown announced by the Ontario Government on December 21, Halton Region is working with local child care operators to offer emergency licensed child care to eligible parents. This targeted emergency child care program supports the parents of school-aged children who may not be able to accommodate their child’s learning/care at home during the period where elementary schools are operating virtually. The program is offered at no cost to parents. *On January 25, Ontario announced they will be further expanding eligibility for emergency child care during the extended remote learning period.

Learning at Home

There are free tips and resources to support you while you’re learning at home with your child.

Ontario Child Benefit

The Ontario Child Benefit (OCB) helps low-to-moderate income families – whether they are working or not – to provide for their children. The OCB supports about one million children in over 500,000 families, providing a maximum payment of $1,461 per child per year.

Child Disability Benefit

The Child Disability Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to families who care for a child under the age of 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. Payment amount depends on the number of eligible children, your adjusted family net income and your marital status.

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

If you are a parent caring for a child with a severe disability, you may be able to receive financial support through the Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program. This program provides financial support for low- to moderate-income families to cover some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability. Depending on the income and size of the family, the program may provide between $25 and $500 a month to help cover costs.

Students

Learning at Home: Student Resources
High School Volunteer Requirements During COVID-19
OSAP Repayment Assistance
Adult Learning Program

Learning at Home: Student Resources

The Government of Ontario has compiled a made-in-Ontario activities, courses and more to keep learning going, from home. Find Resources to help:

High School Volunteer Requirements During COVID-19

For the 2020-21 school year, the Ministry of Education has revised the 40-hour community involvement graduation requirement as a result of the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19. Students graduating in the 2020-21 school year, will have their community involvement graduation requirement reduced to a minimum of 20 hours. This recognizes that graduating students have had barriers to earning their community involvement hours last school year and there may be continued barriers this school year.

OSAP Repayment Assistance

Struggling to repay your OSAP loan? You can apply to lower your monthly loan payments for six months at a time through the Repayment Assistance Plan.

Adult Learning Program

The Adult Learning Program allows individuals to take courses to improve their reading, writing and math skills, refine their English or French, and can even help them get their high school diploma.

Seniors

Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS)
Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program
Seniors Co-payment Program (SCP)
Public Transit Tax Credit
Homeowners' Property Tax Grant
Ontario Community Support Program

Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS)

If you’re a low-income senior, you may qualify for monthly Guaranteed Annual Income System payments, providing a monthly, non-taxable benefit to low-income Ontario seniors. GAINS payments are provided on top of the Old Age Security Pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments you may receive from the federal government. GAINS payments can be up to $83 a month.

Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program

The new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program is a government-funded dental care program. It provides free, routine dental services for low-income seniors who are 65 years of age or older.

Seniors Co-payment Program (SCP)

The Low Income Seniors Co-Payment Drug Program, is an evolution of the Ontario Drug Benefit, geared to helping qualified low-income seniors reduce their deductible even further.

Public Transit Tax Credit

The Ontario Seniors’ Public Transit Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit to help seniors with public transit costs. Individuals can claim up to $3,000 in eligible public transit expense and receive up to $450 each year.

Homeowners' Property Tax Grant

The Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant helps low-to moderate income seniors with the cost of property taxes, providing eligible seniors with up to $500 back in property tax.

Ontario Community Support Program

The Ontario Government is working with the Ontario Community Support Association by launching a new Community Support Program. This program expands existing meals on wheels services to reach low-income seniors and people with chronic medical conditions across Ontario and will develop the capacity for community organizations and others to help deliver medication and other essentials. You can find locals services available by clicking the link below; or by calling 211 or 1-877-330-3213.

Health & Disability

Trillium Drug Program
Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB)
Exceptional Access Program
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
ODSP Dental Coverage
Ontario Community Support Program
Assisted Devices Program
Home and Vehicle Modification Program
Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

Trillium Drug Program

The Trillium Drug Program is an annual provincial government program for residents of Ontario, who have a valid Ontario Health Card, and spend a large part of their income on prescription medications. If you have high prescription-drug costs – compared to your household income – you might qualify for the Trillium Drug Program.

Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB)

The Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program covers most of the costs of approximately 5,000 prescription drugs. It can also help cover allergy shots, products monitoring and testing diabetes, some over the counter drugs, some nutrition products, drugs used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, and some drugs used in palliative care.

Exceptional Access Program

The Exceptional Access Program helps individuals pay for drugs not already covered by the Ontario Drug Benefit. (ODB)

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is a means-tested government funded last resort income support paid for qualifying residents in Ontario. ODSP is meant to replace the income lost due to a recipient’s disability making them unable to work enough to be self-sufficient. ODSP offers not only income support, but also health coverage benefits and employment support.

ODSP Dental Coverage

If you receive ODSP Income Support, you and your spouse may be eligible to get coverage for basic dental services, as well as, additional services if you have a disability, prescribed medication or were prescribed treatments which effect your oral health. If you receive ODSP and have children, 17 years old and under, they will be automatically enrolled in Healthy Smiles Ontario.

Ontario Community Support Program

The Ontario Government is working with the Ontario Community Support Association by launching a new Community Support Program. This program expands existing meals on wheels services to reach people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario and will develop the capacity for community organizations and others to help deliver medication and other essentials. You can find locals services available by clicking the link below; or by calling 211 or 1-877-330-3213.

Assisted Devices Program

The Assisted Devices Program (ADP), helps people with long-term physical disabilities pay for customized equipment, like wheelchairs and hearing aids. ADP covers 75% of the cost for equipment and supplies. For these items, the government is directly billed by the supplier and you pay 25% when you buy the item.

Home and Vehicle Modification Program

The Home and Vehicle Modification Program, by March of Dimes Canada, supports large-scale renovations and retrofits for residents in Ontario living with a substantial impairment. These modifications enable children and adults with mobility restrictions to continue to live at home, avoid job loss and participate in their communities safely. Individuals who meet the program criterial can apply for grant funding of up to $15,000 lifetime maximum for home modifications and/or $15,000 every ten years for vehicle modifications.

Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

The Ontario Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities reduce the amount of income tax they have to pay. Being eligible for DTC opens the door to other federal and provincial programs, such as the Canada workers benefit and the Child Disability Benefit.

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