ONTARIO WORKS

Eligibility

Here, you'll find a list of everything you'll need to qualify for Ontario Works and other support programs.
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Niigaaniin Services has been mandated by the North Shore Tribal Council and the Chiefs of the member First Nations to serve pro-actively. We assist community members to improve their employability and provide an effective “hand-up” rather than just a financial “hand-out” to clients. Ultimately, we work to reduce the dependency rate.We also provide financial assistance of various types to community members lacking income as they work towards increased employability and independence from the need for financial assistance.Please use the buttons below for Niigaaniin's other financial support programs

Health Related
Transitional (Housing)
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THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Your first step in the application process is to contact the Niigaaniin office in your community.  One of our case workers will get in touch with you to complete your application.

documents you'll need to get started

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BIRTH CERTIFICATE

  

STATUS CARD

  

HEALTH CARD

   

SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER

  

BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION

so we can help you as quickly as possible

ADDRESS AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

from the past 12 months

RECORD OF EMPLOYMENT

  

INCOME TAX ASSESSMENTS

  

ASSET DETAILS

such as vehicle insurance, registration etc.

SHELTER COSTS

can include utility bills, or a rental agreement

CONFIRMATION OF SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

if applicable

RECORDS OF SPOUSAL OR CHILD SUPPORT

  

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THE INTAKE APPOINTMENT

What you can expect

  • The next step of the application process is called the Intake Appointment.

  • You will be asked a series of questions to evaluate your level of assistance.

  • If necessary, your spouse or same sex partner and dependent adults over 18 years of age will be asked to attend this appointment, too.

  • This appointment also ensures that all information given such as residence, and if applicable school enrollment, is up to date and correct.

  • An application is not complete until the application and all accompanying forms are completed.

  • If you have a complete application, you will receive a notice of decision regarding your eligibility for assistance within four working days.

  • If your application is incomplete, you will have ten working days to obtain and submit the outstanding information needed to process your application. This notice can be in writing, in person or mailed.

YOUR RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

This is our promise to you, and what we need from you.

YOUR RIGHTS

  1. You have a right to an interview

  • any time you meet with your caseworker you can bring someone with you.

  • this person can be anyone you would like to have there.

2.You have a right to a decision

  • you will be informed in writing of any decision that we make regarding your eligibility or amount of assistance, including suspending, canceling, or reducing your assistance.

  • this decision will be provided to you in writing along with our reason for making the decision.

3. You have a right to appeal a decision

  • if you don’t agree with a decision that we make, you have the right to ask for an internal review.

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YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Honest reporting of all circumstances and changes that affect eligibility.

2. Periodic interviews:

  • you will be required to meet with your caseworker at least every 3 months to review participation in employment assistance activities and every 12 months to review your financial information.

3. You must respond promptly:

  • if you receive a message that your worker needs to speak with you.

  • if there are any changes in your circumstances.

  • if you are planning to leave the province for any period.

  • if you begin to receive income or your income changes.

  • if you receive a request for information or a form to complete.

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EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

our goal is to help you reach yours

Niigaaniin’s Employment Assistance Program is to help you become job ready, find employment and stay employed.

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WORKSHOPS

job searching, writing resume, and how to prepare for an interview.

REFERRALS

job counseling, other Niigaaniin services or other training programs.

EDUCATION

access to education programs to obtain your grade 12 or GED.

TECH RESOURCES

use of telephones and fax machines, as well as access to job boards and computers to search for and research employment.

OUR COMMUNITIES

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