Community Programmes and Initiatives

Working collaboratively with community partners in the delivery of social services is an important priority for the County of Wellington. The Ontario Works office is involved in various community activities, groups and committees that help us work towards our goal of creating a healthier community for everyone.

In addition to our involvement in many of these initiatives, the Ontario Works office provides direct financial support to these programmes and services. Funding for these programmes is provided by the County of Wellington, the City of Guelph and the Province of Ontario.


  • The Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination is a group of concerned community members working to eliminate poverty in Guelph and Wellington County. Membership includes local residents, staff from agencies and not for profits, representatives of local business, government officials, and researchers.
  • The Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy is a coalition of local community agencies and residents working together to develop and implement ongoing strategies to reduce substance misuse in Guelph and Wellington County.
  • Wellington Transportation Services is a collaborative network of community service providers who believe that every Wellington County resident should have access to transportation supports that enable them to access services, supports and programming. For more information on this valuable programme visit the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington's website. If you would like to arrange for a ride, please call: 519.843.7003 or 1.866.694.9562.
  • Give Yourself Credit is a provincially certified education programme, operating out of the Matrix building located at the corner of Wyndham Street and Eramosa Road. The programme is designed to assist students with a flexible learning environment to work towards the completion of their high school diploma.
  • The Housing Stability Programme is a local benefit created out of funding provided to municipalities through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) from the Ministry of Municipalities and Affordable Housing (MMAH) beginning in January 2013. This programme provides assistance to households at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
  • The Seniors at Risk System Coordinator provides support, consultation and access to supports for vulnerable older adults and their families in Guelph and Wellington County. For assistance or more information contact Sheli O'Connor, Coordinator 519.843.6191 x 303 email
  • The Domiciliary Hostel Programme assists low income residents with the cost of living in a supportive environment. The Ontario Works office has twelve service agreements throughout the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington with retirement homes and with Wyndham House youth homes to offer these services to eligible clients.
  • The Emergency Shelter Programme assists residents with temporary shelter. The Ontario Works office assists with the funding of five emergency shelters located in Guelph and Mount Forest.