Emergency Assistance Program

Easy application

Tax filing not required

If you are in an emergency situation and live in Ontario, the Emergency Assistance program can help you with the cost of food and housing for up to 48 days. The amount you get depends on your situation. For example, if you are a single person and need help with food and shelter, you could get approximately $733 for a month.

In most cases you will not get more than what you could get on Ontario Works.

You may be able to get this benefit if you:

  • Live in Ontario
  • Are in a crisis, such as:
    • You have been affected by COVID-19
    • You are being evicted
    • You are in or leaving an abusive relationship
    • You are worried about your safety.

You cannot get this benefit if you:

  • Are already getting money from Ontario Works
  • Are on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • You are a tourist or visitor to Ontario.

You can apply online or by calling your local Ontario Works office. It will take about 15 to 20 minutes to apply. You should make only one application for you and your immediate family.

You will need:

  • Personal details about you and your family
  • Your housing costs
  • Your family’s total income and available assets
  • Your bank account information if you have one.

Last updated: December 7, 2021