Promoting independence and self-sufficiency by providing wholistic supports and services to our community members.
The Wiikwemkoong Ontario Works (OW) office has the responsibility of delivering the provincial Ontario Works program as per the Ontario Works Act, 1997. The basic functions within the act are to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants and to deliver the Employment Supports programs.
The OW office also has the responsibility of managing the following programs:
- Financial Assistance,
- OW Employment Supports,
- Community Placement,
- Employment Experience,
- Informal Child Care,
- Homemaking, and
- Addiction Services Initiative (ASI).
The OW office through its programming strives to provide community members with the best possible route to independence via education, training and ultimately through employment.
Employment Supports Program
In addition to providing temporary financial assistance to those community members in need, Ontario Works (OW) also organizes activities and partners with community
organizations in efforts to increase OW participants’ employability and quality of life; this can include education/basic training, life and home skill development, parenting
programs, certificate training and on-the-job training opportunities (CP or EE).
Support Services Available:
- Assistance with Resume and Cover Letter Development
- Childcare Expenses
- Job Board (Collection of Job Postings)
- Resource Center (Computer, Fax, and Phone)
- Career Assessment (Career Cruising)
- Employment Start Up Assistance
- Criminal Reference Check Supports
- Record Suspension (Pardon App. Assistance)
Workshops and Training Opportunities:
- First Aid/CPR Training
- WHMIS Certificate Training
- Carpentry Workshops
- Computer Software Training
- Smart Serve Certificate Training
- Job Readiness Workshops
- Cooking Classes
- Sewing Classes
- Land Based Activities
- Culturally Relevant Activities
and many more
Community Placement (CP) Program
The CP program is a volunteer work placement which allows participants to gain valuable work experience, build basic networks, gain resume references and provides the opportunity of contributing to the community.
Participants receive an incentive of $3.50 per hour for a maximum of 70 hours a month. This incentive does not get deducted from the participant’s social assistance benefit.
Employment Experience (EE)
The EE program is a wage subsidy program that provides Ontario Works participants with on-the- job training and work experience through a paid placement.
Family Support Worker (FSW)
The FSW will assist clients in taking whatever action is necessary to pursue financial support from persons with a legal obligation to provide it.
As of February 1, 2017, child support payments are fully exempt as income and do not impact a person’s eligibility for assistance. Spousal support is not exempt and is still considered income.
FSW will also assist clients with outstanding Family Responsibility Office (FRO) arrears by acting as a liaison between FRO and the client(s).
Eligibility Review Officer (ERO)
The ERO investigates complaints of fraud allegations received from either external or internal sources. The ERO conducts a comprehensive investigation which includes verification of information and/or statements from individuals. The result of the
investigation determines eligibility.
Addiction Services Initiative (ASI)
The Addiction Services Initiative (ASI) is an Ontario Works Program that is a targeted employment assistance activity designed to help participants whose substance abuse is a barrier to participation in employment and/or employment related activities.
To be eligible for the ASI program, you must:
- be in receipt of Ontario Works or ODSP, and
- be a resident of Wiikwemkoong, and
- interested in addressing your substance abuse, and
- interested in gaining and maintaining employment, which can include participation in activities that increase your employability.
- Case Management
- Motivational Support
- Providing or linking participants to services and support systems
- Assistance with referrals and access to Treatment Programs
- Supports for Childcare and Transportation
Wiikwemkoong Main Office:
Phone Number: 705-859-3158
Address: 11 King Street
Phone Number: 705-859-3157
Address: 2098 Wikwemikong Way, Unit I (Mini-Mall)
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