I am a refugee claimant under 18 years old in Canada on my own and I have no money. How do I get income support?
If you are 16 or 17 and not receiving help from a Children’s Aid Society (CAS):
you can apply for for income help from the Ontario Government through a program called Ontario Works, or OW.
If you are under 16 and are living with a relative or community member:
that person can apply to Ontario Works for some money to support you. They can only do this if they have a low income and are also eligible for Ontario Works themselves.
If you are living in a foster home or receiving the support of a Children’s Aid Society (CAS):
talk to your social worker to see what income support they can give you.
What does Ontario Works pay for?
Ontario Works is a program of the Ontario government. This program gives money for you to pay for:
and other basic needs.
How much $?
It is not a lot of money, so you will have to be very careful with how you spend it.
As of 2023, a single person on OW received $733 per month.
You might get some extra money for things like school supplies or medical needs.
Can I get a job?
If you are under 18, you can work in Ontario.