Employment & Social Services – Complaints & Compliments
Providing excellent service is important to us. Customer service excellence is the cornerstone of our work at Toronto Employment & Social Services.
Every interaction we have with Toronto residents and employers is an opportunity for us to leave a great impression, and an opportunity for us to shape a positive view of the Toronto Public Service.
We encourage you to take a moment to let us know when you’ve had an excellent customer service experience.
You can send your comments to the manager of your local office or you can reach us at 416-392-2956.
I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing service. I am very glad to get back on my feet after such a long period of unemployment & health problems. I can now rejoin life with a new job and a new positive perspective.
Thank you so much for your help and support for the entire time I needed the services…
Thank you for taking the time to help me during my financial and emotional ups and downs…..you have been such an amazing help to me, you offer such wonderful support.
I believe that in addition to my perseverance and dedication to the job search process, I could not have reached my goals without working with and talking to both of these awesome staff!
I’ve come from a place of hopelessness to success
Toronto Employment & Social Services has a complaint procedure in place to address concerns about service and staff conduct, as well as to handle complaints from people dissatisfied with the management of their Ontario Works file.
If you have a complaint, you should first speak directly with management staff at your office, either in person or by telephone. Most complaints received this way are quickly resolved.
Complaints can be made in-person or by phone, or in writing, by mail or fax.
Complaints are reviewed promptly and every effort is made to resolve them as quickly as possible. We monitor complaints and use them to assess and improve quality of service.
Please be sure to provide the following information when making a complaint:
- your name and Member ID
- your address and telephone number
- details of your complaint, including the time and place
- name(s) of staff involved and their office location
When you call or come to your office to make a complaint, you can ask to speak to your caseworker and/or a supervisor, who will address your situation. Your office will attempt to resolve your complain within 24 hours unless there are extenuating circumstances.
When a written complaint is received by your office, the complaint will be reviewed by management staff from the Client Services Issues Management unit. Your complaint will be responded to in writing within five business days.
If you are not satisfied with how your complaint has been handled, you can contact staff at the for further assistance.
When you call or come in to make a complaint, you will speak to a Client Services Issues Management representative, who will ask you questions about your situation. A report will be made of the complaint, which will be reviewed by the supervisor of the unit.
All complaints received are formally recorded and reviewed by management staff from the Client Services Issues Management unit. The information you provide will be used to investigate the complaint. You may be contacted by phone for more information.
When a written complaint is received, the complaint will also be reviewed by management staff. Client Services Issues Management staff may contact you to get more information if needed. Your complaint will be responded to in writing within five business days.
All complaints received are assigned a tracking number for reference purposes.
What to expect
- Each complaint is considered on its own merits
- You will be kept informed about what is happening and why it is happening
- You will be contacted when your complaint is escalated
- You will be informed when a decision is made and provided with an explanation for the decision
- Complaints involving staff conduct will be investigated and you will be informed when it is resolved, however no disciplinary information can be shared
- All written complaints will be responded to in writing, within five business days
- While there are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure fairness for all concerned, there can be unavoidable delays, however we will treat each case in a prompt and thorough manner
- If adjustments to the timelines are needed, we will let you know and explain why
- If you are making a verbal complaint, you may be asked to put your complaint in writing, especially if it involves a serious or complex matter.
We make every effort to resolve complaints as quickly as possible, however there may be situations where there are extenuating circumstances and these standards cannot be satisfied.
If your complaint involves another division or social agency, we will let you know where to direct your complaint.
Unsatisfied with the outcome?
Contact the General Manager’s Office at 416-397-9682. Your call will be directed to management staff from the Client Services Issues Management unit for another review.
If you are still not satisfied, you may contact the Office of the Ombudsman.