Grey County.

Site: Owen Sound

Service: Social Services - Ontario Works

Description (Service) Ontario Works Financial Assistance - monthly allowance based on family size, housing costs and income. Provides a monthly drug benefit card, special diet allowance, medical transportation and other services such as: 
Employment Benefit - helps with costs related to finding or starting a job or work placement 
Sustainable Housing Benefit (SHB) - assists low income residents including seniors, OW and ODSP recipients with rent or mortgage, utility, energy and heat arrears. Staff assist community members with: 
* housing searches 
* tenant and landlord education 
* tenant and landlord mediation 
* referrals to other community services on homelessness and affordable housing issues 
* Application Form 
Families with Children - helps with costs such as child care start-up costs, basic dental care for children, eyeglasses for children 
Ontario Works Employment Activities - offers volunteer placements, job search programs, employment placement based on individual’s skills, experience and circumstances 
* job matching service 
* basic education including basic adult upgrading, high school upgrading, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, literacy and basic skills 
* job skills training including development of skills for specific jobs and on-the-job training 
* support for self-employment and referrals to self-employment programs  
Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP) - helps young parents (up to 25 years of age) finish high school, improve parenting skills and find and maintain employment * may include a temporary care program for children with no available parent 
Other Services:  
Discretionary Benefits - for OW or ODSP recipients, may include dentures, adult emergency dental services, adult eyeglasses, health care supplies, prosthetic devices, assistance with funerals and burials 
Transportation Program - shuttle service for OW clients who need transportation to attend any employment related activity, including anything needed to gain employment or employment skills. Discuss with case worker to make arrangements 
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) 1-800-808-2268 - automated information and payment details, payment history, file status, information and announcements about Ontario Works. Service not available to TTY users 
Welfare Fraud Hotline 1-800-394-7867 - to report allegations of fraudulent collection of Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program assistance
Service Details
Public Comments Due to a potential Canada Post strike, Ontario Works benefit cheques for October will not be mailed 
Grey County residents who receive Ontario Works benefits need to pick up their cheque or statement at the office where they regularly see their caseworker. Staff will be available Fri Sep 28 and Mon Oct 1 from 9 am to 4 pm. Recipients should be prepared to show photo ID in order to pick up their cheque or benefit statement. 
Durham Satellite Office – 575 Saddler Street West, Durham 
Hanover Satellite Office – 286 10th Street, Hanover 
Markdale Satellite Office – 206 Toronto Street South, Markdale 
Meaford Satellite Office – Victoria Village Resource Centre, Unit 3, 80 Victoria Street, Meaford 
County of Grey Administration Building – 595 9th Street East, Owen Sound 
Those who wish to confirm their location or who cannot get to their pick-up location should call 1-800-567-4739, press 1, and follow the prompts to speak to their caseworker.
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Grey County
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up
Application If you have been on Ontario Works in the last four years you may complete an update online at and will be emailed within 24 hours with details of an appointment 
If you have not been on social assistance in the last four years you are encouraged to apply online at 
To speak to someone over the phone to complete a 15-30 minute screening and make a follow-up appointment, call 519-376-7112 ext 1117. This method may take longer to receive financial assistance
Languages English
Fees Call for information
Address and Location
Site Location Satellite offices for existing clients or to drop off applications: Durham: 575 Saddler St E, N0G 1R0 (Rockwood Terrace) * Markdale: 206 Toronto St, S, N0C 1H0 (Grey Gables Building) * Hanover: 286 10th St, N4N 1P2
Located In Community Grey County
Address & Map
Head Office
595 9th Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 3E3
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Intersection 9th Ave E and 6th St E
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone 519-376-7324 * Initial Intake 519-376-7112 ext 1117
Toll Free Phone Initial Intake 1-800-265-3119 ext 1117
Fax 519-376-4920
Primary Contact Andrea Brendel, Ontario Works Manager; Phone: 519-376-7112 ext 1352; Email:
Primary Executive Barb Fedy, Director of Social Services; Phone: 519-376-7112 ext 1389; Email:

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