Welfare rates are painfully low. That is why we are fighting to Raise The Rates.
Every welfare cheque is made up of 2 parts, basic needs and shelter. You will get the maximum amount of basic needs but only the amount for shelter that your rent is – up to the maximum.
If you have kids, You will only get money for them in the shelter portion of your cheque. The rest of your money for your kids come from the Ontario Child Benefit or Transitional Child Benefit. You will only get money for your kids on the basic needs portion if you have a new baby because it takes a few months to process the OCB.
One way to get some extra money on your cheque is by getting some of the commonly available benefits.