How to Find - Income Programs & Financial Assistance

Site: Halton Region

Record #: BTN4780
Last Full Update: 15 Feb 2024

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Description and Service Details

Description (Service)

This listing provides an overview of benefits from federal, provincial or territorial governments, and acts as an index to related listings in this directory 
For a customized list of federal, provincial and territorial programs and services, see the Government of Canada's Benefits Finder

  • does not collect or track information

For a customized list of provincial benefits and programs, see the Government of Ontario's Benefits Finder

  • does not collect or track information


For assistance with federal programs, see listings for Service Canada Centres here 
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Retirement Pension 
A monthly, taxable benefit that partially replaces income 

  • those 60 or older may apply if they have made at least one valid contribution to the CPP
  • for more information, see separate listing here

May also qualify for the following CPP benefits:

  • disability benefit is a monthly payment for those CPP contributors under 65 who have a mental or physical disability
  • survivor's pension is a monthly payment paid to the legal spouse or common-law partner of the deceased CPP contributor
  • children's benefits provide monthly payments to the dependent children of disabled or deceased CPP contributors
  • death benefit is a one-time payment, payable to the estate or other eligible individuals, on behalf of a deceased CPP contributor

Employment Insurance (EI) 
Provides temporary income support to eligible unemployed workers while they look for employment or to upgrade their skills

  • also provides special benefits to workers who take time off work due to specific life events (illness, pregnancy, caring for a newborn or newly adopted child, caring for a critically ill or injured person, or caring for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death)
  • for more information, see separate listing here

Old Age Security (OAS) 
A monthly, taxable payment for those 65 and older

  • amount depends on income and years lived in Canada or specific countries after the age of 18
  • for more information, see separate listing here

May also qualify for the following benefits:

  • Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) - for low-income OAS recipients living in Canada
  • Allowance - for low-income legal spouses or common-law partners of GIS recipients, ages 60-64, who meet residency requirements
  • Allowance for the Survivor - for low-income spouses or common-law partners, ages 60-64, of deceased GIS recipients

Veterans Affairs Canada 
Provides income support and emergency funding to eligible veterans and their families

  • for more information, see separate listings for Veterans Affairs Canada offices here


For assistance with provincial programs, see listings for ServiceOntario Centres here

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) 
Offers monthly financial assistance with living expenses, including food and rent

  • for Ontario residents 18 years or older who qualify financially and meet the definition of a disability
  • for more information, see separate listing here

Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) 
Provides a monthly, non-taxable benefit to low-income Ontario seniors

  • for those 65 and older, who meet residency requirements, and receive the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments from the federal government
  • for more information, see separate listing here

Ontario Works (OW) 
Provides temporary financial assistance to people who are returning to the workforce

  • for Ontario residents in financial need who are committed to finding and keeping a job
  • for more information, see separate listing here

Contact organization for information

Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program

Varies by program

Languages English
Fees None

Site Information

Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable

Categories and Classification

HCSD Main Heading Income Programs ; Older Adults ; Topic Guides
HCSD Sub Heading All "How To" Guides ; Employment Insurance (EI) ; Income Programs and Financial Assistance ; Income Programs for Older Adults ; Income Support Programs for Older Adults ; Social Assistance ; Special Topics
Service Categories Allowance for the Survivor Program ; Canada Pension Plan ; Employment Insurance ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Old Age Security Program ; Provincial/Territorial Disability Income Assistance Programs Applications ; Provincial/Territorial Income Assistance Programs Applications ; Spouse's Allowance ; Veteran Disability Pension ; Welfare to Work Programs

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