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Ontario Works Caseloads

Key Highlights

  • For the first time in eleven years, Peel’s average monthly Ontario Works (OW) caseload fell in 2018.
  • The trend continued into 2019 when the number of OW caseloads in Peel fell during the first half of the year.
  • On a quarterly bases, the decline in Q2 2019 marked the fifth consecutive quarterly decline in OW caseloads in Peel.

In the first half  of 2019, the average monthly OW caseloads recorded in Peel Region was 17,522 cases, down 8.1 per cent from the 19,059 cases recorded in January – June 2018.

The decline came after three years of a sustained deceleration in the rate of growth in Peel’s OW caseloads in the January – June period.

Quarterly Changes

Since Q2 2018, Peel’s quarterly OW caseloads have shown sustained quarterly declines.

In Q2 2019, average OW caseloads recorded in Peel was 17,169 cases, 9.6 per cent below the number of cases recorded in Q2 2018.

Peel quarterly OW caseloads continue to fall alongside the improvement in Peel’s labour market.