Employment Earnings While on Ontario Works

Employment Earnings While on Ontario Works

November 24, 2017

This resource explains how earnings from your employment will impact the assistance you receive from Ontario Works.

The short answer is: $200 + 50%. Let’s explain:

If you are employed and you are eligible for assistance, you can qualify for the following deductions after 3 consecutive months on OW:

  • No deductions against​ the first $200 that you earn from your employer, every month
  • In addition to this, only half of the balance is subject to deductions from your OW payment (in other words, we ignore half of your earnings from employment after the first $200 has been exempted)


Let’s say you receive $500 from OW and you receive $500 from your employer.

The first $200 from your employment earnings is exempt. That leaves you with a claimable income of $300. Half of your claimable income, or $150 in this case, is deducted from your OW payment, leaving you with $350.

You get $500 from your employer PLUS $350 from OW ($500-$150=$350) for a total of $850 this month ($500+$350=$850).

You can see how this works in the table below:

Employment earnings: $500
Not subject to deductions: $200
Balance: $300
Apply 50% deduction: $150
Ontario Works cheque: $500
Minus 50% deduction: $150
Balance: $350
Monthly budget, based on the example above:

Employment earnings: $500
Ontario Works Payment: $350
Balance: $850


If you have any questions about your particular situation, do not hesitate to reach out to us.