Income Support - Finances

Income support is offered to help provide financial assistance to those who may not be able to meet their basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing. Typically, there are four main reasons that you may be in need of Income Support. First, you may not be able to work due to a long-term disability or a chronic health problem. Secondly, you may be looking for work, or currently working but not earning enough. Third, you may need training in order to secure a job. And lastly, you may be faced with a sudden and unexpected emergency, such as sudden eviction from your home due to fire. If you are finding yourself in any of these (or similar) situations, or have family members or friends who may be in need of Income Support, help is available. There are varying factors that will determine the level of financial assistance that you may receive, including your current financial resources, your physical and mental ability to work, and how many (if any) children are in your family. We know it can be difficult to ask for help. We are here for you.

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Burlington. Finance Department - Property Tax Reduction / Deferral - Burlington City Hall

Tax Rebate / Reduction
1. Low Income Seniors Property Tax Rebate
* City of Burlington property tax rebate of $ 525 for eligible seniors (see "Eligibility" below)
* application deadline December 31 each year
Contact or see website for more information and application form

Tax Deferrals
Note: using a tax deferral will make homeowner ineligible for tax rebate, and may have impact on other tax credits

1. Low-Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax Increase Deferral
Defers increases in property taxes
* for low income seniors and low income persons with disabilities (see "Eligibility" below)
* a Region of Halton program, administered by the four local municipalities
* allows eligible homeowners to defer property tax increases to keep payments at a constant level as long as the property is their principal residence
* accumulated total of all deferred amounts is paid when property is sold or no longer the applicant's principal residence
* a lien is registered against the property at the time of the first deferral, and applies to all future deferrals
* application must be made annually, on or before 45 days after the mailing of the final property tax bill, which normally occurs in early June
Contact or see website for more information and application form

2. Older Adults Property Tax Deferral Program
Defers the full amount of property taxes for older adults under a certain income
* deferral is interest-free, but a lien is registered against the property
For more details, see full listing here

Halton. Finance Department - Older Adults Property Tax Deferral Program

* program allows older adult homeowners in Halton with low incomes to defer their full property taxes for as long as they remain eligible
* allows participants to focus their financial resources on their day-to-day needs, helping them to stay in their homes and improving their overall quality of life
* if you qualify, the deferral of your property taxes is interest-free

Canada. Canada Revenue Agency - Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and GIS Preparation Clinics

Offers volunteers who assist individuals who are unable to complete income tax and benefit returns.

These returns are not eligible for this service:
* returns for deceased persons
* individuals who file for bankruptcy
* self-employed individuals
* individuals who report capital gains or losses
* individuals who report employment expenses, or business or rental income and expenses

Volunteer tax preparation clinics are offered in various locations across Canada, generally between February and April of each year. Some clinics operate year-round.

Canada. Members of Parliament - Income Tax and GIS Clinic - Hamilton Mountain Federal Riding tax clinic

Help with income tax inquiries.

Mohawk College - Income Tax Clinic

Income tax clinic - to prepare current and prior year

Canada. Members of Parliament - Income Tax and GIS Clinic - Hamilton Centre Federal Riding

A year round income tax clinic for seniors and other low income people living in the Hamilton Centre Federal Riding.

Dundas Community Services - Income Tax and GIS Clinic - Grafton Square

Income Tax assistance for Dundas residents, on limited or fixed income.

Oakville. Financial Operations Department - Seniors Property Tax Rebate / Deferral - Oakville Town Hall - Municipal Tax Office

Tax related assistance for Seniors and people with disabilities:
* property owners who are over the age of 65, or people with disabilities, whose combined household income does not exceed $46,600 can apply for a property tax deferral for the year-over year tax increase
* deferred taxes are registered as a lien on the property and are repayable upon the sale of the property
* property owners over the age of 65 with a combined household income not exceeding $29,746 (other eligibility criteria apply) may apply for an annual tax rebate of $500

Ontario. Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services - Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Income Support - Hamilton Central

Provides financial assistance and other benefits to eligible people with disabilities who are in financial need to pay for living expenses, like food and housing.

Service Canada - Service Canada, Burlington Centre - Burlington Centre

One-stop service delivery for a wide range of federal programs and services includes:

All Canadians
* apprenticeship grants
* job bank
* labour market information
* passport application
* Social Insurance Number (SIN) application

Employers and organizations
* funding programs
* hiring foreign workers
* human resource management
* Record of Employment (ROE)

Families and children
* Canada Child Benefit
* Canada Pension Plan children's benefits
* Canada Pension Plan death benefit
* Canada Pension Plan survivor's pension
* Employment Insurance family supplement
* Employment Insurance maternity and parental benefits
* Employment Insurance special benefits for parents of critically ill children

Labour and workplace information
* labour standards
* occupational health and safety
* wage earner protection program
* workplace equity

Newcomers to Canada
* foreign credentials referral

People with disabilities
* Canada Pension Plan disability benefits
* opportunities fund for people with disabilities

Seniors
* Allowance program
* Allowance for the Survivor program
* Canada Pension Plan retirement pension
* Canadian government annuities
* Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
* international benefits
* Old Age Security (OAS)

Veterans
* Veterans Affairs Canada

Workers
* Canadian forces recruitment awareness
* Employment Insurance regular benefits
* Employment Insurance sickness benefits
* Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recruitment awareness

Youth and Students
* CPP Disability (18-25 years of age)
* CPP Survivors (18-25 years of age)
* Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)
* career focus
* job search assistance
* Skills Link

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul - Food and Clothing Assistance - Burlington Conferences

Volunteer organization that provides temporary assistance to those in need, through providing access to food (usually food vouchers) and a compassionate ear, and sometimes other necessities (eg, clothing or furniture)

SSVP in Burlington is composed of the following conferences:

South of QEW:
1. Holy Rosary Parish, 287 Plains Rd E * 905-631-6111

2. St. John the Baptist Parish, 2016 Blairholme Ave * 905-979-6460

3. St. Raphael Church Parish, 4072 New St * 905-681-6394

4. St. Patrick, 196 Kenwood Ave * 905-632-0270

North of QEW:
1. St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 2265 Headon Rd * 905-522-8222

Ontario. Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services - Ontario Disability Support Program - Burlington Office

Program offers financial assistance to help individual/family with essential living expenses * benefits, for individual/family, including prescription drugs and vision care * help finding and keeping a job, and with career advancement

Program offers two types of support:
Income Support: financial assistance provided each month to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter
* also includes benefits for clients and their eligible family members
* health benefits (prescription drug coverage * dental coverage * vision care * medical supplies * medical transportation * pregnancy and breastfeeding nutritional allowance * extended health benefit)
* disability-related benefits (assistive devices * additional help for hearing aids and mobility devices * guide dog benefit)
* employment incentives and benefits (employment and training start up benefit * coverage for up-front child care costs * work-related benefit * transitional health benefit * employment transition benefit)
* transition child benefit

Employment Supports: services and supports to help clients with disabilities find and keep a job, and advance their careers

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) automated information and payment details, file status
1-800-808-2268 (service not available to TTY users) * Mon-Fri 8 am-9 pm, Sat-Sun 12 noon-5 pm

Welfare Fraud Hotline to report suspected cases of social assistance fraud
1-800-394-7867 or welfare.fraud.css@ontario.ca