|Updated November 2012|
This section is an excerpt from the Ontario Works Act, 1997 prescribed by the Province of Ontario.
|Benefit Unit Size||Maximum Monthly Shelter Allowance|
|6 or more||$777|
Shelter Allowance is calculated based on total accommodation costs (rent/mortgage, property taxes, fire insurance, fuel and utilities) up to a maximum by family size.
When home heating costs are separate from other shelter costs, a person may receive a Shelter Allowance based on total accommodation costs including utilities and fuel costs or actual fuel costs whichever is greater.
Actual fuel costs are granted when it is to a persons benefit. A Shelter Allowance or actual fuel costs may be granted to a qualifying case but not both.
Regardless of the type of accommodation, actual fuel costs are granted instead of the Shelter Allowance when those actual costs exceed the applicable Shelter Allowance.
This includes condominiums when fuel costs are not included in the maintenance fees.
Fuel costs are treated as one component of actual accommodation costs for the calculation of Shelter Allowance.
|Example:||Family of two: shelter cost $300.00 and fuel costs $600.00.
Total accommodation costs $900.00.
Maximum Shelter Allowance is $590.00.
Actual fuel costs exceed the Shelter Allowance.
Actual fuel costs ($600) are granted.