How Ontario Works Can Help You:

Employment Assistance Activities

Ontario Works is an Employment Program that can assist you in finding and keeping a job. To be eligible for Ontario Works you must take part in meaningful activities that will help you become employable. Each clients path towards employment is unique and that is why our Ontario Works Caseworkers will work with you to create a Participation Agreement. A Participation Agreement is a plan that sets out activities that you will take part in to find work and/or improve your skills.

Ontario Works Caseworkers can provide and/or refer you to local community partners to gain practical skills to help prepare you for employment. We will help you do this by determining what you need to become employed, and helping you develop a plan to get there based on your skills, experience and desired outcomes.

Some examples of practical services provided that will help you find employment are:

 Education Programs
A variety of education programs are available to help you:
  • finish high school
  • improve your language skills, and
  • upgrade your reading, writing or math skills.
Job-Specific Skills Training
If you need special training or skills we can help you access these resources.
Literacy Screening and Training

If you find it hard to get or keep a job because you have trouble with reading, writing or math, we can help you get the support you need to improve these skills.

Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP)

If you’re a young parent between the ages of 16 and 25, the LEAP program can give you the supports you need to:

  • Finish high school
  • Improve your parenting skills, and
  • Prepare for and find work so you can support your family
Employment Placements

When you are ready for a job we can refer you to our local Employment Ontario offices to connect you with the Employment Experts.


Canadian Career Academy

92 Bridge Street

Carleton Place Ontario



Community Employment Services

40 Sunset Blvd, Suite 102 in The Factory

Perth, Ontario




52 Abbott Street North, Unit 2

Smiths Falls, ON



Addictions and Metal Health

If you are struggling with addictions or mental health issues we can make referrals to get you the support you need.

Community Placements

Community placements are unpaid positions that provide you with valuable skills while allowing you to get up to date job references and contacts, and support your local community.


Please Note:

Everyone's situation is different. The information here is intended as general guidance only. It is not meant to provide a full description of the Ontario Works program or to tell you if you qualify for the program. To get a better understanding of how the Ontario Works program may be able to help you,  please contact us directly.

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