|Updated November 2012|
This section is an excerpt from the Ontario Works Act, 1997 prescribed by the Province of Ontario.
In this section,
"shelter" means the cost for a dwelling place used as a principal residence with respect to any of the following:
|Benefit Unit Size||Maximum Monthly|
|6 or more||$777|
Shelter Allowance is calculated based on total shelter costs (rent/mortgage, property taxes, fire insurance, fuel and utilities) up to maximum by family size.
Utilities are payments for the cost of electricity, gas or any other energy source used for normal household purposes (e.g. lighting, cooking, hot water) except for the cost of heating the dwelling, and water/sewage charges.
Costs of utilities also includes rental costs associated with a furnace and a hot water heater.
Utility costs do not include:
Actual utility costs may be considered in the calculation of Shelter Allowance up to the maximum allowable limit.
If shelter costs exceed the maximum Shelter Allowance, the person will not receive utility cost.
If shelter costs are below the maximum Shelter Allowance, the person may be entitled to the actual utility costs up to the maximum allowable shelter amount.