Supports while you work
Being successful in the workplace
If you are working and looking for information on workplace culture or how to be successful at work, there are some resources you may find helpful. For more information, visit:
For books and other websites that talk about how to keep a job you can go to an Employment Centre. You can also discuss any concerns you have with Employment Centre staff.
If you need help with managing the money you earn from working, you can visit 211Toronto. The site has a list of community agencies that provide budgeting resources or services.
If you found employment through Ontario Work’s Employment Placement program, the program staff can help answer your questions and provide support during your first six months of employment.
Benefits and supports for people who are working
If you are working and you would like to explore career options, Employment and Social Services may be able to help you. To find job search resources and speak to trained staff, you can go to an Employment Centre.
If you are receiving Ontario Works and working part-time, you may be able to get help through Employment Placement or one of Employment and Social Services’ other employment services. There are benefits that you may receive when you start to work.
Many people work and are still eligible for some social assistance. Employment and Social Services has supports in place to help as you start to work. Supports include help with employment start-up costs and child care costs.
Depending on how much you earn you may continue to be eligible for financial benefits from Employment and Social Services. If you have child care costs, these costs are taken into consideration. If you have received Ontario Works for at least three months in a row, half of your employment income is deducted from your monthly benefits. As each person’s situation is different, talk to your caseworker about Income Reporting.
While your employment may offer you opportunities for promotions and pay increases, Employment and Social Services can also help with employment supports if you are looking for other work.
If you are working it is important to be aware of your rights as an employee. The Ontario government describes these rights in their employment standards legislation. This legislation states employers’ responsibilities regarding areas such as pay, hours of work, vacation time, health and safety, and more.
In addition, there are a number of government and legal organizations that help to make sure employee rights are respected. For more information, visit: