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Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic Works for Ontario’s Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Counties

If you are in temporary need of financial help due to a lack of income or employment, you may be eligible for assistance with some healthcare and business start-up costs through Ontario Works. This program assists those in need of medication, dental coverage, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Community and employment start-up benefits are also covered under the program.

Denied Coverage?

If you have been denied Ontario Works coverage, call Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic to discuss your case.

Applying to Ontario Works

Read more about Ontario Works to learn about eligibility and how to apply for assistance. To complete the application process, you will also be required to sign a participation agreement through Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO).

CLEO Booklets

Community Legal Education Ontario has a number of downloadable pamphlets available on the topic of social assistance and Ontario Works.

Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic & Ontario Works

Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic works with those who require assistance with the Ontario Works law. We can assist clients with a variety of matters, including:
  • Appeals where a person has been denied benefits and there may be merit to appealing the denial of benefits.

  • Appeals where a person is on benefits but benefits are suspended.

  • Appeals where a large overpayment has been assessed and there may be merit to appealing the overpayment in question.


To be eligible for Ontario Works, you must be:
  • A resident of Ontario

  • In need of immediate financial assistance*

  • Willing to participate in employment assistance activities

*Financial need is based on:

  • Family size

  • Income

  • Assets

  • Shelter costs

Applying for Assistance

You can begin the application process for Ontario Works by contacting your local office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Cornwall (Main Office) & Stormont County
Social & Housing Services
340 Pitt St, P.O. Box 877
Cornwall, Ontario
K6H 5T9

Glengarry County
Speedy Transport Building
3525 Hwy 34 South
Alexandria, Ontario
K0C 1A0

Dundas County
Toll Free: 1-877-448-3987
17B Industrial Drive
P.O. Box 548
Chesterville, Ontario
K0C 1H0

When your first meeting is arranged, you will be told which documents you must bring with you. These documents may include:

  • Social Insurance Number

  • Health Card Number

  • Proof of Identity & Date of Birth

  • Employment History/Information

  • Income & Asset Statements

  • Shelter Costs

  • Status in Canada

To complete the application process, you will be required to complete and sign the application for assistance as well as a participation agreement. The participation agreement outlines the specific employment activities that will likely lead to a permanent job.

Finding a Job

Ontario Works provides practical help in finding a job. They do this in a number of ways, including:

  • Workshops on looking for work, résumé writing, and preparing for an interview

  • Referrals to job counselling or training

  • Access to telephones, faxes, computers and job banks

  • Information on who’s hiring

  • Helping clients complete high school, improve language skills, and upgrade reading, writing or math

  • Job-specific training and special skills programs

  • Community and employment placements to gain working experience

  • Literacy screening and training


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Links & Resources

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