How much could you receive? Learn the basics below and view the Ontario Works Rate Chart for additional benefits.

The amount of assistance someone can receive from Ontario Works depends on family size, housing costs and income. The Ontario Works Act and regulations set the social assistance rates.

The tables below show the maximum monthly amounts for basic needs, shelter, board and lodging.

  • Basic Needs – items such as food, clothing and personal needs
  • Shelter – housing costs such as rent, mortgage payments, utilities like gas and hydro, etc.
  • Board and Lodging – if your rent money also includes your meals

Read more about the Ontario Works program