Site: Niagara Falls - Peer St
|Record #: NIA6030||Last Modified: 20 Mar 2020||Last Full Update: 26 Nov 2019|
|Public Comments||As of March 17, 2020 all Ontario Works offices will be closed until further notice. All services will be provided by telephone.|
|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||Ann Marie Fitzgerald, Manager; Phone: 905-354-3561 ext 6351|
|Areas Served||Niagara Falls|
|Located In Community||Niagara Falls|
|Address & Map||
5853 Peer St
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1X4
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|Intersection||Main St and Peer St|
|Service and Access Details|
|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 (i.e. basic needs and shelter) and may be accessed by the working poor, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients and homeless individuals. Emergency Assistance
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
OW staff can assist employment seekers to identify strengths, skills and interests and provide access to industry standard training to prepare for employment.
MyBenefits is a new online service available to all residents of Ontario who are active Social Assistance recipients. MyBenefits is available on a 24/7 basis, allowing clients to see the status of all future payments and to report changes. Visit the Ontario.ca/MyBenefits to register or to sign into your account.
|Hours||Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm|
|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. Applicants having technical difficulties with the online application should 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|
|Physical Access||Fully Accessible|
|Legal Status||(20) Regional Government|
|Funding||Regional / Municipal - Regional Municipality of Niagara ; Provincial - Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services|
|Service Categories||Medical Expense Assistance ~ Dental Problems ; Provincial/Territorial Social Assistance Programs Applications ; Rent Payment Assistance|