Changes in Ontario Social Assistance Programs

Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

The government of Ontario is making enhancements to the province's social assistance programs aimed to help recipients reach their full potential.

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Improvements include:

  • Increasing social assistance rates by two per cent for all people receiving social assistance.
  • Helping people who live in remote and northern communities -- who often pay more for basic needs like groceries and transportation -- by increasing the Remote Communities Allowance.
  • Increasing limits on cash and other assets so that people can better manage financial setbacks.
  • Increasing the income exemption for cash gifts, to better recognize that people receiving social assistance may also receive support from family or friends.
  • Streamlining rules to make the system work better for people.