Can I work and still get money and other help from Ontario Works?
Earnings exemption of $200 after 3 months
After getting money from OW for at least 3 months, the rules about take-home pay change. After 3 months, OW will not reduce the monthly amount they give you if your take-home pay is $200 or less that month.
This is called an "earnings exemption".
Instead of waiting 3 months, you can get the earnings exemption right away if all of the following are true:
Money you make over $200
After getting money from OW for at least 3 months, if your take‑home pay is more than $200, OW reduces the money they give you that month. They reduce it by half the amount of what you earn above $200.
For example, if your take-home pay is $260 in a month, OW will not count the first $200. But they will reduce the amount of money they give you by half of the remaining $60.
|- $200||(earnings exemption)|
|$60||(OW reduces this month's payment by this much)|
|$30||(OW reduces this month's payment by this much)|