Oxford County is offering an in-person pickup in Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg for Ontario Works cheques next month.
The county is advising people who receive Ontario Works payments that September cheques will not be mailed out because of job actions, which may affect mail delivery.
Instead, the county is making cheques available to pickup in-person at its offices in Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll beginning August 31.
People will need to show valid photo identification to collect your payment or statement.
If you receive Ontario Works payments by cheque, go to the office where your client service worker is located.
In Woodstock, all cheques and statements will be handed out at the county’s main administration building at 21 Reeve Street. Oxford County’s Human Services offices are also located in Tillsonburg in the Livingston Centre at 90 Tillson Avenue and in Ingersoll in the Community Employment Services at 37 Alma Street.
While the impact of the job actions are not known, the county is starting in-person pickup now to avoid the possibility that Ontario Works payments will be delayed. This would put vulnerable people in the community at risk of not meeting their basic needs, and a possible disruption to the mail service could happen at early as Aug. 28.
Direct deposit statements which include the drug benefit card will be mailed.
Starting in September, people receiving social assistance can use their Ontario health card to access the Ontario Drug Benefit Program.
People who do not receive a direct deposit statement and drug card, don’t have an Ontario health card and require a prescription have to contact human services at (519) 539-9800 ext. 3390.
In the event that there is a labour disruption, the county will update information about Ontario Works payments on its website in the Human Services section (www.oxfordcounty.ca/humanservices).