Applying for Benefits Online

Welcome to the Human Services Integrated Online Application. You may apply for Child Care Subsidy, Domiciliary Hostel Benefits, Ontario Works Financial & Employment Assistance, Rent Geared to Income Housing and/or Temporary Care Assistance.

When you start your application, please select all of the programs that you wish to apply for.

To find out about each program and the information you need to provide, please click on the program name(s) below.

Child Care SubsidyNEW! Find out how much you might qualify forhere.

The County of Oxford is responsible for managing the child care system, consisting of:

Fee Subsidy - the provision of financial assistance to needs tested families to support the cost of licensed child care. Applicants when approved, are free to choose a child care agency that has been approved by the County of Oxford for fee subsidy.

Wage Subsidy - the provision of financial assistance to licensed child care providers to enhance staff wages and benefits with the ultimate goal of ensuring that quality child care is more affordable for all families.

Special Needs Resourcing - the provision of financial assistance to support the integration of children with special needs in community child care centres with their peers. Resource teachers are available to assist with the assessment of children with special needs, to prepare an individual care plan for each child and to provide support to the caregiver.

Costs of all programs are cost-shared between the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the County of Oxford.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • Meet the financial criteria of the income test.
  • Be working; attending school, training, or skill upgrading courses, or have received a written referral from their family doctor, children's aid, public health, etc. to support why this service is required.
Domiciliary Hostel

Domiciliary Care Facilities are privately owned residential facilities that provide shelter, food and supervision to vulnerable seniors and persons with special needs. The County of Oxford Ontario Works funds approved Domiciliary Care facilities within the County in order to cover the costs of shelter and personal needs for low income individuals who cannot live on their own but do not qualify for long term care.

Oxford County Human Services has entered into agreements with the following Domiciliary Care facilities located within the County:

  • Caressant Care Woodstock, Woodstock
  • Victoria Manor, Woodstock
  • Homestead Christian Care, Woodstock
  • The Maples Home for Seniors, Tavistock
  • Oxford Manor Retirement Home, Ingersoll
  • Prospect House, Tillsonburg

To start the application process for Domiciliary Hostel care assistance please complete the application fields on this site and then someone from Human Services will be in contact with you to complete the application process by verifying your documents and completing consent forms.

If you require more information on Domiciliary Hostel care please contact our office at 519-539-9800.

Ontario Works Employment & Financial AssistanceNEW! Find out how much you might qualify forhere.

The Ontario Works program provides both employment and financial assistance. Qualifying for Ontario Works assistance depends on a number of factors like your income, assets, and participation in approved employment related activities. Ontario Works can help you prepare for and find a job by working with you to find out what you need to be employed and develop a plan based on your skills, experience and individual circumstances.

To complete this application, you will need to tell us personal information, such as your

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Health Card Number
  • Immigration Status if you were not born in Canada
  • Income sources and weekly/biweekly/monthly amount
  • Bank account numbers and approximate balances
  • Asset information related to home(s), property, vehicles, investments, etc.

If you have a spouse/partner (a person who lives with you and is married to you or is in a marriage-like relationship with you) or children that you are financially responsible for, you will need to tell us their personal information too.

Rent Geared to Income Housing

The County of Oxford is the provincially designated Service Manager responsible for subsidizing social housing costs. In December 2000, under the Social Housing Reform Act, 2000 and associated Regulations, the County is also responsible for the funding and administrative functions of the municipal, private and co-operative non-profit social housing units. Rent Geared to Income Housing is available in over 1,000 units situated in 8 municipalities within the County of Oxford. To allow applicants to have easier access to social housing, Oxford County has developed a coordinated and centralized application system to serve those social housing providers who are required, under the Act, to participate in such a system.

To start the application process for Rent Geared to Income Housing please complete the application fields on this site and then someone from Human Services will be in contact with you to complete the application process by verifying your documents and completing consent forms.

If you require more information on Rent Geared to Income Housing please contact our office at 519 539-9800 or go to the County website at http://www.oxfordcounty.ca/ServicesforYou/SocialServices/Shelter.aspx

Temporary Care Assistance

Temporary Care Assistance (TCA) provides income assistance and benefits to an adult on behalf of a child where:

  • the child is in the temporary care of the adult;
  • the child is in financial need;
  • the child is not a dependant child for the purposes of Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program (see Directive #3.9: Dependent Children for more information)
  • the adult providing the care does not have a legal obligation to support the child; and
  • the adult caregiver is not receiving compensation for caring for the child up the Child and Family Services Act.

A child is in the temporary care of an adult when :

  • the child is to reside for a short period with the adult;
  • the child is expected to return to his/her parent(s) at the earliest opportunity; and
  • no parent or other person with a legal obligation to support the child is able to care for him/her.

The financial circumstances of the adult caregiver are not assessed and do not impact eligibility for Temporary Care Assistance. The financial need of the child is determined by assessing:

  • the child's non-exempt assets including any assignment or transfer of assets or real property to the child within the last year;
  • the child's income;
  • the ability of the natural or adoptive parent(s) to support the child; and
  • the efforts made to secure any available supports, either by the child or on behalf of the child by the temporary care provider.

Information on this form is collected under the legal authority of the Family Benefits Act, the Day Nurseries Act, the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997, the Ontario Works Act, 1997, and/or the Social Housing Reform Act, 2000 for the purpose of administering Government of Ontario social assistance programs. For more information about this collection, please contact Human Services at (519) 539-9800 or contact the office directly at:

  • Oxford County Human Services
  • 21 Reeve Street
  • Woodstock, ON N4S 7Y3

If you are currently receiving Ontario Works Assistance from a municipality other than Oxford County and have now moved into Oxford County, please click on the "Ontario Works File Transfer Button".

If you wish to report a concern regarding potential abuse of Ontario Works Assistance, Subsidized Housing or Subsidized Child Care, please click the "Report a Suspected Fraud" button.

To ensure the safety and security of your personal information your application session will end after 20 minutes of inactivity.

To apply for Ontario Works Assistance or Temporary Care Assistance, please click on "Start Ontario Works Application". You will be automatically directed to the Online Application for Social Assistance.