As of September 2017:

  • A 2 per cent increase in social assistance rates for all individuals receiving financial assistance from Ontario Works
  • For single recipients, asset limits increase from $2,500 to $10,000
  • For couples, asset limits increase from $5,000 to $15,000
  • Exemption for cash gifts will increase from $6,000 to $10,000
  • Compensation awards for pain and suffering up to $50,000 will not affect what you receive from Ontario Works
  • If you are eligible, the Remote Communities Allowance will increase by $50/month for the first person in a household, then an additional $25/month for each additional family member.

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