How to Find - Income Programs & Financial Assistance

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Description and Service Details
Description (Service) This topic record provides an overview of Employment Insurance, social assistance (Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program) and other income supports, and acts as an index to related records in this database. 
 
WERE YOU RECENTLY EMPLOYED? 
1. Employment Insurance (EI) provides: 
* regular benefits for individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own  
* maternity or parental benefits for individuals who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are adopting a child or are caring for a newborn 
* sickness benefits for individuals who are unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine 
* compassionate care benefits for individuals who have to be away from work to provide care for a gravely ill family member who is in significant risk of death 
For more information see records for Service Canada Centres here
* you may also apply to Ontario Works to supplement income from Employment Insurance benefits (contact Halton Region 905-825-6000 or see separate record here
For help appealing a decision, contact Halton Community Legal Services (call 905-875-2069 or see separate record here
 
 
DO YOU HAVE A DISABILITY? 
People with disabilities (may include mental illness and developmental disabilities), may apply to one or both of the following:  
1. Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) 
* for those 16 to 64 with a disability expected to last 1 year or more 
* call 905-637-4500 or see separate record here 
 
2. Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits  
* for those under 65 who have a disability and have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan 
* call 1-800-277-9914 or see separate record here 
 
3. If you are turned down for the above 
* to apply to Ontario Works for financial assistance call Halton Region at 905-825-6000 or see separate record here
For help appealing a decision, contact Halton Community Legal Services (call 905-875-2069 or see separate record here
 
 
ARE YOU A VETERAN? 
1. Veterans Affairs Canada provides benefits for some veterans (and their dependents), including: 
* Veterans pensions  
* Veterans Independence Program  
* and other benefits 
* see separate record here 
 
 
ARE YOU AGED 60 OR OLDER? 
You may be eligible for one or more of the following programs, which may be used simultaneously: 
Age 60 and older 
1. Canada Pension Plan (CPP) (for those 60 or older who have ever contributed to Canada Pension Plan), call 1-800-277-9914 or see separate record here 
2. Allowance (for those 60-64 who are the spouse or survivor of an Old Age Security pensioner), call 1-800-277-9914 or see separate record here  
 
Age 65 and older 
1. Old Age Security (OAS), for those who are 65 and older and have lived legally in Canada for required time (even if you are not retired, or now live outside Canada), call 1-800-277-9914 or see separate record here  
2. OAS recipients with low income may also be eligible for Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), see separate record here  
3. OAS recipients with low income may also be eligible for Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS), for more information see here 
 
60 and older and need income help, but are NOT eligible for the programs above: 
1. those under 65 may apply to Ontario Works (see separate record here)  
2. those 65 or older (or any age with a disability) may apply to Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) (see separate record here
For help appealing a decision, contact Halton Community Legal Services (call 905-875-2069 or see separate record here
 
 
IF YOU DON'T FIT ANY OF THE CATEGORIES ABOVE 
Ontario Works provides provides temporary financial assistance to individuals returning to the workforce, call Halton Region at 905-825-6000 or see separate record here (people who are unemployed should also apply to Employment Insurance program, above) 
* recipients may also receive other benefits such as food and medical needs, family related expenses, health and wellness, additional housing expenses, employment and training, and referrals to other services 
If you are turned down for Ontario Works, for help appealing contact Halton Community Legal Services (call 905-875-2069 or see separate record here
 
 
OTHER FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL BENEFITS 
For a customized list of federal, provincial and territorial programs and services you may be eligible for, see the Government of Canada's Benefits Finder website
Hours Contact organization for information
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program.
Application Varies by program.
Languages English
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Income Programs ; Older Adults ; Topic Guides
HCSD Sub Heading Employment Insurance (EI) ; Income Programs and Financial Assistance ; Income Programs for Older Adults ; Income Support Programs for Older Adults ; Social Assistance ; Special Topics
Service Categories Allowance for the Survivor Program ; Canada Pension Plan ; Employment Insurance ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Old Age Security Program ; Provincial/Territorial Social Assistance Disability Programs Applications ; Provincial/Territorial Social Assistance Programs Applications ; Spouse's Allowance ; Veteran Disability Pension ; Welfare to Work Programs

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