Board and Lodging
This section is an excerpt from the Ontario Works Act, 1997 prescribed by the Province of Ontario.
Ontario Works Regulations
Budgetary requirements in other special cases
44. (1) The budgetary requirements for an applicant or recipient who receives board and lodging from the same source and who is not a person whose budgetary requirements are determined under subsection (2) or (3) or section 43 shall be equal to the sum of the following amounts:
1.The amount paid for board and lodging up to the maximum set out in the following Table:
other than a spouse
18 years or older
Note: For each additional dependant of a sole support parent: add $120 if the dependant is 18 years of age or older, or $69 if the dependant is 0 – 17 years of age. Otherwise, for each additional dependant: add $100 if the dependant is 18 years of age or older, or $61 if the dependant is 0 – 17 years of age.
3. For the month in which an approved health professional confirms that a member of the benefit unit requires a special diet because of a medical condition set out in Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 564/05 (Prescribed Policy Statements) made under the Act and specifies the medical condition and for each succeeding month, up to and including the month in which the administrator requires reconfirmation of the requirement for a special diet, an amount that is the lesser of, for each member of the benefit unit,
(i) the sum of the amounts determined by the administrator in accordance with Schedule 1 to Ontario Regulation 564/05, and
4. For each member of the benefit unit who is 65 years of age or older, an amount for personal needs due to advanced age equal to $44.
5. $71 (Special Boarder Allowance).
6. For the month in which an approved health professional confirms that a member of the benefit unit is pregnant and for each succeeding month up to and including the month in which the pregnancy ends, and subsequently, if the member of the benefit unit is breast-feeding, for each succeeding month up to and including the month in which the infant is 12 months of age, a nutritional allowance equal to,
(i) $50, if an approved health professional confirms that the person requires a non-dairy diet, or
(ii) $40, otherwise.
Board and lodging is a mandatory allowance under Ontario Works and is granted to clients to offset the costs of their board and lodging. A boarding situation is one in which a participant receives food and shelter from the same source.
Applicants or participants in a board and lodging situation will have their assistance calculated based on the actual boarding and lodging cost, up to the maximums as set in the Table in Regulation 44 (1) and Special Allowance of $71.00.
If the declared board and lodging amount is less than the maximum rate, the client will receive the actual amount + $71.00 Special Allowance.
If the declared board and lodging amount is more than the maximum rate, the client will receive entitlement to the maximum amount + $71.00 Special Allowance.
An applicant or participant may be eligible for other budgetary requirements: