Site: Fort Erie - Central Ave
|Record #: NIA1219||Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016||Last Full Update: 03 Aug 2016|
|Public Comments||OW cheques are currently not being mailed out to avoid the possibility of delays by a possible postal strike. Recipients will be able to pick up their Ontario Works payments at their local Community Services offices starting Aug 30 between 9 am and 4 pm. Recipients who receive payments through direct deposit, payment will continue into the bank accounts but statements and drug/dental cards will not be mailed and can be picked up at the office. If unable to pick up the drug/dental cards, August cards will be honoured until the end of the postal disruption.|
|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.
Financial assistance may be available for individuals looking after a child where the individual needing assistance is not the child's birth or adoptive parent. For further information and eligibility requirements visit 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 905-984-6900 ext 3811.
|Hours||Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm|
|Areas Served||Crystal Beach ; Fort Erie ; Ridgeway ; Stevensville|
|Eligibility||Ages: 16 year(s) and up
Eligible individuals receive financial assistance to support basic needs such as food, clothing and housing costs. 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.
|Application||Three 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 http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/apply_online.aspx.It 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, use the “Help” function or contact Service Ontario at 1-800-267-8097.
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
|Languages||English ; Interpretive Services|
|Office Phone||905-354-3561 ; Application/General Inquiry 905-641-9230|
|Toll Free Phone||Application/General Inquiry (West Niagara) 1-866-627-1110 ; Cheque Inquiry (IVR) 1-800-808-2268|
|Primary Contact||Lori Watson, Director|
|Located In Community||Fort Erie|
|Address & Map||
469 Central Ave
Fort Erie, ON L2A 3T8
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|Intersection||Central Ave, between Gilmore Rd and Wintemute St|
|Legal Status||(20) Regional Government|
|Funding||Regional / Municipal - Regional Municipality of Niagara ; Provincial - Ministry of Community and Social Services|