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Brantford celebrates relocation of Ontario Works office

Local NewsBrantford celebrates relocation of Ontario Works office

City of Brantford and the County of Brant officially recognized the work of FIS staff and the City’s Facilities team to retrofit the lower level of 225 Colborne St. to better accommodate FIS staff and clients, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

Earlier this year, the City announced that the Ontario Works Brantford-Brant main office, including Family and Income Stability (FIS) Services, would be moving from 220 Colborne Street to a new location across the street at 225 Colborne Street.

Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford, along with Brantford City Councillors Linda Hunt and Mandy Samwell, and municipal staff, including Brian Hutchings, CAO for the City of Brantford, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Kevin Davis, Mayor for the City of Brantford, along with Brantford City Councillors Linda Hunt and Mandy Samwell, and municipal staff, including Brian Hutchings, CAO for the City of Brantford, took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the relocation of the new Ontario Works office on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. Photo courtesy City of Brantford.

Beginning last month, clients have been attending 225 Colborne Street, Unit 101 for pre-booked in-person appointments and to drop off and to pick up documents to facilitate services.

Ontario Works (OW) is a social assistance program designed to provide temporary financial assistance and employment support to individuals who are in financial need and unable to meet their basic living expenses. The program is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, and facilitated locally by the City of Brantford Family and Income Stability department. The City of Brantford is also the service provider for social services, including FIS for the County of Brant.

“We are proud to officially recognize the hard work of our Facilities team in retrofitting the lower level of 225 Colborne Street to better serve our community’s needs,” said Mayor Davis. “I also want to take this opportunity to commend the City’s dedicated Family and Income Stability staff who administer the Ontario Works program locally. Their unwavering commitment to providing essential support to individuals and families in need is a testament to the compassion and professionalism that define our city. Through their efforts, lives are changed, futures are built, and individuals are empowered to overcome challenges.”

David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant, shared his thoughts on the joint project between the two municipalities.

“It’s great to see the collaborative effort between the City of Brantford and the County of Brant in ensuring that essential services such as Family and Income Stability are readily available to those who need them,” said Mayor Bailey. “This relocation reflects our shared dedication to supporting individuals and families in our communities during times of need. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.” 

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