Niagara (Region of). Community Services Department

Site: Fort Erie - Central Ave

Service: Social Assistance & Employment Opportunities

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Record #: NIA1219 Last Modified: 06 May 2015 Last Full Update: 01 May 2015
Source Database© INCommunities: Community Information Database
Description & Services
Description (Service)Provides financial assistance and a range of employment supports and activities, in partnership with community agencies, to enable participants and their families to achieve independence through sustainable employment. 
Community Services also provides assistance to members of the community who are not recipients of Ontario Works benefits provided they meet certain eligibility criteria. These benefits include Emergency and discretionary benefits and may be accessed by the working poor, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients and homeless individuals.  
If you are looking after a child in need of financial help and you are not the child’s birth or adoptive parent, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance. For further information and eligibility requirements, please go to the following link: Temporary Care Assistance for Children 
Provides "Workforce Assistance for Employers," such as: assessing their business's hiring requirements, posting job vacancies, pre-screening candidates, providing ongoing support, linking the employer to training and wage subsidy programs. Contact Niagara Region Community Services at Ext 3811 905-984-6900.
HoursMon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
DatesAll year
Areas ServedCrystal Beach ; Fort Erie ; Ridgeway ; Stevensville
EligibilityAges: 16 year(s) and up 
Eligible individuals receive financial assistance to support basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing. In addition, many recipients are required to participate in employment related activities. Individualized action plans are developed which outline the requirement of participation in employment preparation activities, as appropriate. Participation and the related skill development is critical to effective and timely re-entry to the workforce. Employment preparation may include activities such as made-in-Niagara training programs, resume and job workshops and assessment of literacy and basic numeracy skills and access to relevant skill development programs.
ApplicationThree ways to apply for social assistance: on-line, by phone or in person. 
Residents of Niagara Region can apply for Ontario Works online by visiting is available in English and French 24 hours a day. 
It also includes a screening section that can tell potential applicants whether or not they might be eligible before they start the application process. As well, an appointment scheduling feature allows applicants to suggest dates and times for their verification interviews. If an applicant has technical difficulties with the online application, please use the “Help” function or contact Service Ontario at 1-800-267-8097. 
By phone: 
STEP 1: Application/General Inquiry call 905-641-9230 (West Niagara call 1-866-627-1110) 
STEP 2: Interview - one-on-one interview with Community Services Casemanager to verify eligibility 
In person: see office address
LanguagesEnglish ; Interpretive Services
Contact Information
Office Phone905-354-3561 * Application/General Inquiry 905-641-9230
Toll Free PhoneApplication/General Inquiry (West Niagara) 1-866-627-1110 * Cheque Inquiry 1-800-808-2268
Primary ContactSarah Pennisi, Director
Primary ExecutiveKatherine Chislett, Community Services Commissioner
Located In CommunityFort Erie
Address & Map
469 Central Ave
Fort Erie, ON L2A 3T8
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IntersectionCentral Ave, between Gilmore Rd and Wintemute St
AccessibilityFully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status(20) Regional Government
FundingRegional / Municipal - Regional Municipality of Niagara ; Provincial - Ministry of Community and Social Services