Canada’s Forgotten Poor? Putting Singles Living in Deep Poverty on the Policy Radar

This report presents the findings of extensive research about employable singles on social assistance undertaken by Toronto Employment and Social Services, in partnership with the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation. Drawing on data from 69,000 singles who were receiving social assistance in Toronto in 2016, and 51 interviews with randomly selected participants, the report highlights these individuals’ characteristics, their complex needs, and the barriers they face in moving off social assistance and into employment. Complementing the quantitative analysis, the interviews provide important insights into the daily realities of participants’ lives and their journeys on and off assistance.



Legal Resources Catalogue: Free legal information

This resource provides a list of free legal information resources produced by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO).



Low Income Retirement Planning

This booklet contains information on retirement planning on a low income. Topics include four things to think about for low income retirement planning, a background paper on maximizing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), and determining Old Age Security (OAS) and GIS eligibility for people who come to Canada as adults.



Aide sociale: règles qui s’appliquent aux couples


Lisez la présente brochure pour connaître les règles que les agents d’Ontario au travail (OT) et du Programme ontarien de soutien aux personnes handicapées (POSPH) appliquent pour décider :
••si 2 adultes qui habitent ensemble sont des conjoints ou conjointes
••si 2 personnes qui habitent ensemble doivent présenter leur demande d’aide sociale en tant que couple


Appel d’une décision en matière d’aide sociale

Toronto Employment & Social Services Programs & Services

Accessing Government Benefits and Subsidies. Information for Custodial Grandparents Who May Wish to Apply for Government Benefits and Subsidies. Ontario Edition.

Need welfare? How to apply to Ontario Works

Working while you are on social assistance

Appealing a decision about social assistance


Read this to learn what you can do if you disagree with a decision about assistance from Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). This can include a decision to: refuse to give you financial assistance; reduce the amount of assistance you get; cut off your assistance. You may be able to appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal. But first you must ask the office that made the decision to review its decision.


Child and spousal support when you are on social assistance

Disability benefits in Ontario: Who can get them and how to apply