Transcript: What are the requirements to qualify for social assistance? | Jul 21, 2021

Noelle is in her early twenties, with long curly dark blond hair. She wears a blue V neck sweater and a nose ring.

She says HI, MY NAME IS NOELLE, AND
I'M FROM OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO,
AND I'M JUST WONDERING
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS
TO QUALIFY FOR
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE?

Sylvia Jones is in her mid-forties, with short slightly wavy blond hair with bangs. She wears glasses, a cream turtleneck sweater and a tweed jacket.

She says I'M SYLVIA JONES, THE MPP
FOR DUFFERIN CALEDON
AND THE PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE CRITIC
FOR COMMUNITY AND
SOCIAL SERVICES.
YOU HAD ASKED THE QUESTION
ABOUT WHAT FORMS OF
SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
ARE THERE IN ONTARIO.
THERE ARE TWO
MAIN FORMS.
THE FIRST AND MOST
COMMON IS ONTARIO WORKS,
AND THE SECOND IS THE
ONTARIO DISABILITY
SUPPORT PROGRAM.
IN BOTH CASES, YOU WOULD
HAVE TO GO TO A REGIONAL OFFICE
LOCATED THROUGHOUT ONTARIO,
AND THEY WOULD BE ASKING YOU
SPECIFIC QUESTIONS RELATED TO
YOUR INDIVIDUAL SITUATION.
SUCH AS YOUR HOUSEHOLD INCOME,
YOUR HOUSING COSTS, ANY
ASSETS THAT YOU MAY HAVE,
OR DEPENDENTS THAT YOU
HAVE IN YOUR FAMILY.
IF YOU QUALIFY FOR
ONTARIO WORKS OR
ONTARIO DISABILITY SUPPORT
PAYMENT, YOU WOULD ALSO
RECEIVE HEALTH BENEFITS.
AND THOSE COULD COVER
THINGS SUCH AS DENTAL,
VISION AND PRESCRIPTION
DRUG COSTS.
SO AS AN EXAMPLE, IF YOU
WERE A SINGLE PERSON
IN ONTARIO ON ONTARIO
WORKS, YOU COULD EXPECT
TO RECEIVE SOMEWHERE
AROUND 500 dollars A MONTH.
AS WELL, IF YOU WERE A PERSON
RECEIVING ONTARIO DISABILITY
SUPPORT PAYMENTS, YOU COULD
BE LOOKING AT SOMEWHERE
IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
OF 1000 dollars A MONTH.
IN ALL CASES, THOSE
NUMBERS WOULD DEPEND
ON SOME OF THE QUALIFICATIONS
THAT WOULD BE DISCUSSED
WHEN YOU APPLY.
SUCH AS ANY DEPENDENTS THAT
YOU MAY HAVE, OR YOUR ASSETS.

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