Description (Service) Offers programs to financially assist those in need:
  • Ontario Works (OW) - Provides financial assistance and employment and life stabilization supports to assist individuals with their basic needs and accommodation while focusing on obtaining paid employment. The Ontario Works Program also makes referrals to the Ontario Disability Support Program for those individuals with a health problem that prevents them from seeking employment.
  • Emergency assistance is also available to people who are in a crisis or an emergency situation (e.g. people who have lost their homes, are leaving an abusive relationship and/or are worried about their safety)
  • Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) - Assists those that are homeless or at risk of being homeless with financial assistance with rent or mortgage arrears, hydro, oil, propane or other items or services that may prevent homelessness.
Also an intake agency for the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), a program that reduces the electricity bill of lower-income homes. Provides a monthly credit to eligible customers based on household income and size. Credit will apply directly to eligible customer's electricity bills.

Service Details

Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Parry Sound District ; Parry Sound West
Eligibility Ontario Works:
  • Resident of Parry Sound District
  • Eligibility depends on assets and income
  • Students 16-18 years, attending school but not living at home must meet strict criteria to be approved for assistance
  • Individuals 16-65 years
    Homeless Prevention Program:
  • Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients
  • Low income individuals
  • Application Ontario Works:
  • Call 705-746-8886 ext 500 to start an application
  • Apply Online
  • Call Intake and Benefits Administration Unit at 1-888-999-1142
    Homeless Prevention Program:
  • Social assistance recipients must contact their case worker
  • Individuals not on social assistance should call 705-746-8886 ext 500 to start an application
  • Languages English; French
    Fees None

    Address and Location

    Address & Map
    1 Beechwood Dr
    Town of Parry Sound, ON
    Canada P2A 1J2
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    Intersection Beechwood Dr and Church St
    Physical Access Fully Accessible

    Contact Information

    Office Phone 705-746-8886, Ontario Works West ; 1-800-461-4464, Ontario Works West Toll Free
    Primary Contact Melissa Hayhurst, 705-746-7777 ext 5256; Email:
    Alternate Contact Jeff Degagne, Manager of Income Support and Stability; Phone: 705-386-2358 ext 5414; Email:
    Mailing Address 1 Beechwood Dr 
    Town of Parry Sound, ON 
    Canada P2A 1J2

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