Description (Service) District of Parry Sound administers several programs.  
The Ontario Works Program provides financial assistance and employment 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. 
Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) - Individuals or families that are homeless or at risk of being homeless may be eligible for financial assistance with rent or mortgage arrears, hydro, oil, propane or other items or services that may prevent homelessness. Ontario Works assesses CHPI applicants that are in receipt of OW or ODSP as well as seniors, individuals and families that are not in receipt of social assistance. 
Parry Sound District Social Services also operates the Children's Services Department. This includes centre based licensed child care: Waubeek Day Care Centre in Parry Sound, First Steps Child Care Centre in South River, Highlands Children's Centre in Emsdale and Fairview Early Learning & Child Care Centre in Powassan. District wide programs include the Home Child Care Program, Early Years and Integration Support Services. Children's Services provides financial assistance to parents deemed in financial need within the District to assist in paying for the cost of child care in a licensed program.
Service Details
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Dates Year round
Areas Served Parry Sound District
Application Call for intake, then will be contacted for registration or put on waiting list if no space available
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Site Location Located across from the Beer Store in South River.
Located In Community South River
Address & Map
16 Toronto Ave
South River, ON P0A 1X0
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Accessibility Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-386-2358
Toll Free Phone 1-800-661-3230
Fax 705-386-2604
Primary Contact Sharon Smith, District Manager, Ontario Works, District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board; Phone: 705 386-2358 ext 229; Fax: 705 386-2604; Email:
Primary Executive Janet Patterson, Chief Administrative Officer
Mailing Address PO Box 1600 
South River, ON P0A 1X0

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