2. Think about what activities might help you find a job

Beware of scams

People have been getting phone calls with a pre-recorded message telling them their Ontario Works account has been deleted.

This is a scam to trick you into sharing your personal information. If you get a call like that, hang up the phone. You can report these calls to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

A Participation Agreement usually says that you have to be looking for a job, or doing things that will help you find work.

Ontario Works (OW) might say that you have to do more than one type of activity.

For example, you might have to look for a job and do a . See Step 3.

Looking for a job

You might have to agree to spend a certain number of hours each week doing things like:

  • applying for jobs
  • going to job interviews
  • going to workshops to learn about how to get a job
  • going to a job club with other people who are looking for work
  • meeting with employment counsellors

The activities that OW wants you to do should be ones that could help you find work.

You can suggest activities that you think could help you get a job.

Going to training or other programs

If OW thinks you need to improve your education or skills, you might have to agree to go to an upgrading or training program.

OW could also refer you to a literacy program or for classes in English as a Second Language (ESL).

If you didn't finish high school, you might have to agree to take courses so you can get a high school diploma.

If you're a single parent who is 16 or 17 years old, there are special rules that apply to you. For example, you have to take part in the Learning, Earning and Parenting program (LEAP).

If you have problems with drugs or alcohol, OW could refer you to a treatment program.

Starting your own business

If OW agrees, you could work towards starting your own business. It's important to talk to your OW worker if this is something you want to do.

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