Ontario is Improving the Ontario Drug Benefit Program for Ontario Works

As of January 1, 2018, Ontario Works recipients 24 years of age and under have been able to receive up to 100 days supply of certain medications per pharmacy visit under the Ontario Drug Benefit program as part of the implementation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare.

Starting on August 1, 2018, Ontario Works recipients 25 years of age and older can request a three-month supply of some drugs used to treat certain chronic conditions, such as:

  • diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure

Talk to your pharmacist to find out which drugs qualify and to learn how to request a three-month supply. What does this mean for you? Getting a three-month supply of your prescription means fewer visits to the pharmacy and fewer co-payment fees.

Visit ontario.ca/drugbenefit for more information.

New Way to Confirm Family Members Are Eligible for Ontario Works

Starting in August 2018, we will list your family members who are eligible for Ontario Works on your monthly Statement of Assistance.

This can help your family members receive community supports, such as housing subsidies, subsidized transit passes and recreation.

Making It Easier to Receive Ontario Works Health Benefits

Do you currently receive a paper drug card with your Ontario Works statement? Starting in August 2018, we will no longer be issuing paper drug cards with monthly statements.

Instead everyone can use their Ontario health card or another form of government identification to access Ontario Works health benefits, such as prescription drugs and eye exams.

Making It Easier to Report Income

Starting in May 2018, the Statement of Income form you use to report earnings from a job or training program will be easier to fill out. You will only need to report three things:

  • gross pay (before deductions)
  • net pay (after deductions)
  • any garnishments (such as child support payments)

Learn more at ontario.ca/socialassistance