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How to Find - Income Programs & Financial Assistance

Site: Halton

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Legal Status (20) Regional Government ; (30) Provincial Government ; (40) Federal Government
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) This listing provides an overview of Employment Insurance, social assistance (Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program) and other income supports, and acts as an index to related listings in this directory 
For a customized list of federal, provincial and territorial programs and services, see the Government of Canada's Benefits Finder (does not collect or track information) 
Employment Insurance (EI) provides: 
* regular benefits for individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own  
* maternity or parental benefits for individuals who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are adopting a child or are caring for a newborn 
* sickness benefits for individuals who are unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine 
* compassionate care benefits for individuals who are providing care or support to a critically ill or injured person or someone needing end-of-life care 
For more information see listings for Service Canada Centres here 
Ontario Works, if eligible, can supplement income from Employment Insurance benefits (contact Halton Region 905-825-6000 or see separate listing here
People with disabilities (may include mental illness and developmental disabilities), may apply to one or both of the following:  
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) 
* for those 16 to 64 with a disability expected to last 1 year or more 
* call 905-637-4500 or see separate listing here 
Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits  
* for those under 65 who have a disability and have contributed to the Canada Pension Plan 
* call 1-800-277-9914 or see separate listing here 
Veterans Affairs Canada provides benefits for current or former members of the CAF or RCMP, or a family member, including financial programs and services  
* for more information see listings for Veterans Affairs Canada offices here 
You may be eligible for one or more of the following programs, which may be used simultaneously: 
Age 60 and older 
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) (for those 60 or older who have ever contributed to Canada Pension Plan), call 1-800-277-9914 or see separate listing here 
Allowance (for those 60-64 who are the spouse or survivor of an Old Age Security pensioner), call 1-800-277-9914 or see separate listing here  
Age 65 and older 
Old Age Security (OAS), for those who are 65 and older and have lived legally in Canada for required time (even if you are not retired, or now live outside Canada), call 1-800-277-9914 or see separate listing here  
* OAS recipients with low income may also be eligible for Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), see separate listing here  
* OAS recipients with low income may also be eligible for Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS), for more information see here 
60 and older and need income help, but are NOT eligible for the programs above: 
Those under 65 may apply to Ontario Works (see separate listing here)  
Those 65 or older (or any age with a disability) may apply to Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) (see separate listing here
Ontario Works provides provides temporary financial assistance to individuals returning to the workforce, call Halton Region at 905-825-6000 or see separate listing here (people who are unemployed should also apply to Employment Insurance program, above) 
* recipients may also receive other benefits such as health, food vouchers, family related expenses, rental and housing expenses, employment and training, and referrals to other services 
For help appealing a decision, contact Halton Community Legal Services (call 905-875-2069 or see separate listing here)
Hours Contact organization for information
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program
Application Varies by program
Languages English
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Income Programs ; Older Adults ; Topic Guides
HCSD Sub Heading All "How To" Guides ; Employment Insurance (EI) ; Income Programs and Financial Assistance ; Income Programs for Older Adults ; Income Support Programs for Older Adults ; Social Assistance ; Special Topics
Service Categories Allowance for the Survivor Program ; Canada Pension Plan ; Employment Insurance ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Old Age Security Program ; Provincial/Territorial Social Assistance Disability Programs Applications ; Provincial/Territorial Social Assistance Programs Applications ; Spouse's Allowance ; Veteran Disability Pension ; Welfare to Work Programs

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