Description & Services
Public Comments If difficulty is experienced applying online contact Service Ontario at 1-855-231-1255
Description (Service)
  • Provides short term financial assistance to individuals and families in need 
  • Offers Extended Health Benefits to qualifying individuals 
  • Provides support and assistance to program participants in meeting their participation responsibilities  
  • Provides information to recipients about participation requirements including seeking employment, basic education, volunteer work, or self employment
 
Participants can access a variety of programs and support services including but not limited to: 
  • Addiction Treatment Services 
  • Child Care  
  • Clothing Needs  
  • Community Placement Program  
  • Discretionary Benefits  
  • Drug Benefits  
  • Employment Resource Center 
  • Employment Start-up Costs  
  • Enhanced Employment Placement Program 
  • Learning, Earning and Parenting 
  • Pay-Direct to Landlord  
  • Special Diets Allowance 
  • Transportation
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:15 pm, Sep-Jun  
Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-3:45 pm, Jul-Aug
Areas Served Cochrane ; Driftwood ; Genier ; Norembega
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
 
Individuals must: 
  • be a resident of Ontario  
  • be in immediate financial need to help pay for food and housing costs  
  • be willing to take part in activities that will help find employment 
  • sign a Participation Agreement
 
Amount of financial assistance provided is determined by various factors including: 
  • Assets 
  • Family size 
  • Housing costs 
  • Income
 
Extended Health Benefits 
Individuals and families who: 
  • were eligible for Ontario Works in the previous months, or 
  • no longer eligible for Ontario Works because they received a payment for loss of income under the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement
Application Individuals can apply online or by contacting the office 
 
The following documentation is required to complete application: 
  • Copy of Canada Child Tax Benefit statement (for children under 18 years of age)  
  • Copy of mortgage or rental agreement  
  • Health card 
  • Information about assets owned, such as a Registered Retirement Savings Plan,  
  • Information about other income and money, such as a pension 
  • Proof of identity, such as birth certificate  
  • Proof of immigration status, if required 
  • Proof of Social Insurance Number 
  • Recent bank statement for all bank accounts  
  • Record of Employment and/or most recent pay stubs
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-272-4214
Toll Free Phone Office 1-888-626-1538 
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) 1-800-808-2268 
Welfare Fraud Hotline 1-800-394-7867
Fax 705-272-2883
Website www.cdssab.on.ca
Located In Community Cochrane
Address 149 5th Ave
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
 
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Intersection 5th Ave and 3rd St
Mailing Address PO Box 338 
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Parking -- Accessible; Entrance -- Not Accessible; Washroom -- Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (20) Regional Government
Funding Regional / Municipal ; Provincial - Ministry of Community and Social Services