Description & Services
Description (Service)
  • Provides short term financial assistance to individuals and families in need 
  • Offers Extended Health Benefits to qualifying individuals 
  • 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: 
  • 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-4:30 pm
Areas Served Aweres Township ; Batchawana Bay ; Goulais River ; Prince Township ; Sault Ste. Marie ; Searchmont
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: 
  • Family size 
  • Housing costs 
  • Income
 
Extended Health Benefits
 
Individuals and families who: 
  • were eligible for Ontario Works in the previous month
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 Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone Administration: 705-759-5266 
Application Line: 705-759-2130
Toll Free Phone Administration: 1-866-363-6007 
Interactive Voice Response (IVR): 1-800-808-2268 
Welfare Fraud Hotline: 1-800-394-7867
TTY Phone 1-844-446-1700
Website www.ssm-dssab.ca
Primary Contact Alison Kohler, Program Manager; Phone: 705-759-5453; Email: a.kohler@dssmsssab.ca
Located In Community Sault Ste. Marie
Address 540 Albert St E
Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 5L8
 
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Intersection Albert St E and Brock St
Mailing Address PO Box 277 
Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 5L8
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (20) Regional Government
Established 1998
Funding Regional / Municipal ; Provincial - Ministry of Community and Social Services