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Hastings County. Belleville. Community and Human Services. Ontario Works
Provides an integrated program of Ontario Works, Housing and Child Care offering employment and financial assistance to help you become financially independent and to improve quality of life for you and your family. Financial assistance includes income support for basic needs like food, clothing and shelter as well as Emergency Assistance for people in a crisis or an emergency shelter. If you qualify for financial assistance you must participate in employment related activities unless you are unable due to a serious medical condition or you are required to provide care to family members. Clients 18-65 years who are not caring for pre-school age children or who do not have a serious disability or illness must participate in employment assistance activities.
Financial Assistance - monthly allowance based on family size, housing costs and income, monthly drug benefit card, Child Care start-up costs, basic dental care for children, health-related benefits - may include dentures, emergency dental service, eyeglasses, special diet allowance, health care supplies, medical transportation funds, prosthetic devices, funerals and burials. Employment Start-Up Benefit - covers costs related to starting a job or work placement.
Employment Resource Centre - offering practical services to assist you in your employment journey to prepare for, find and maintain employment which include: Job Vacancies Daily at www.employmentinhastingscounty.com, help for walk-in job search centre based on individual skills experience and circumstances, providing access to computers, internet, fax, photocopier, telephone resource materials, job banks, labour market information, assistance with resumes, referrals to job counselling/coaching and training, in-house workshops that offer knowledge of local job markets, volunteer placements, employment placement, basic education, basic adult upgrading, high school upgrading, literacy, job skills training, on-the-job training, supports to self-employment, referrals to self-employment programs, Learning Earning and Parenting (LEAP) helps young parents finish high school, improve parenting skills, locate and maintain employment. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
Belleville - 228 Church Street 613-966-1311 ext. 2508
Ontario Works, Housing or Child Care telephone 613-771-9630 or Toll Free 1-866-414-0300 during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff will help you complete an application over the phone which can take approximately 30 minutes, depending on call volume. You must have a valid Social Insurance Number to apply. Online applications can be processed 24 hours a day.
For a listing of required documents to apply for Ontario Works or to apply on-line at www.ontario.ca/socialassistance