Social Services Department

Contact us at:
Tel: 519-534-3753
Fax: 519-534-1501

Social Services Administrator
Terry King

Family Support Worker
Samantha Saunders

Employment Support Worker
Cecily Keeshig

Addictions Services Initiative Caseworker
Robert Keeshig

Social Services Clerk
Chanice Johnston

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed on Holidays

Mailing Address
Chippewas of Nawash Social Services
#105-33 Maadookii Crescent
Neyaashiinigmiing, Ont.
N0H 2T0

Nawash Social Services / ALC |

Nawash Social Services is open during regular business hours, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. If you are in an emergency outside of these hours, you can call 211. We encourage you to please leave a message on our general mailbox if there is no answer when calling.

COVID-19 Safety Measures are in effect. Please review the new protocols below:

  • Staff are available to assist the public by telephone or email. In-person meetings are by appointment ONLY. If you must visit the office, please call ahead to advise the staff.
  • Face masks must be worn when entering the building (if you do not have a face mask, please ask our staff and one will be provided). A hand sanitizing station is available at the front entrance and must be used when entering and departing from the building.
  • Please keep a safe physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from one another.
  • Any persons wishing to enter the Social Services office, must use this screening tool prior to entering the building to ensure it is safe for themselves and staff. Nawash Self Screening Checklist

Nawash Social Services is located at the Senior's Apartment Complex. Our services include:

  • Financial assistance: provided to individuals that have been deemed eligible through a financial means assessment to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter and health benefits for clients and their families
  • Employment assistance: to help income support recipients find, prepare for and keep a job. This assistance may include: workshops on resume writing and interviewing, job counselling, job-specific training, access to basic education, so clients can finish high school or improve their language skills.
  • Employment activities: education programs to help finish high school, upgrade reading, writing or math skills, job-specific skills training, literacy screening and training, Learning, Earning and Parenting (LEAP), employment placements, community placements.
  • Emergency assistance: is also available to people who are in a crisis or an emergency situation (e.g. people who have lost their homes, are leaving an abusive relationship and/or are worried about their safety).
  • Discretionary Benefits: are provided to income support recipients (OW/ODSP) are provided on a case-by-case basis supported by the Nawash Social Services Supplementary Policies, Practices and Procedures Document.  Items that maybe considered are: dental care, vision care, wheelchairs and repairs, surgical supplies, travel and transportation for health related purposes.   All other resources for support from other agencies and services must be exhausted prior to any issuance of assistance.
  • Transitional Support Fund provides assistance to social assistance (Ontario Works and ODSP) and low-income families who require housing related supports living on reserve. Items that may be considered:
  • Health/ Welfare Concern
  • Eviction Notice
  • Heat Related
  • Beds and Appliances

Funding may not be used to build new structures or conduct major renovations on existing structures.  Due to limited funding all requests may not be approved.

When making a request you will need to provide the following documents (staff may require further documentation based on request)

  • TSF Application
  • Consent to Disclose
  • Identification
  • Bank Statement for past thirty days
  • Funerals and Burials:
    • SAR (Social Assistance Recipient): includes Ontario Works (OW) recipients living on reserve, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients living on reserve and if there are no other resources available, Nawash Social Services Department may cover the cost of a basic funeral.
    • NON-SAR (Non-Social Assistance Recipient): on reserve but not receiving assistance from OW or ODSP.  Nawash Social Services Department may cover the cost of a basic funeral where there are insufficient funds available.
  • Addictions Services Initiative (ASI): is a program designed to help people on social assistance (OW) whose substance abuse makes it difficult for them to become or stay employed. The goal of this program is to be supportive and to assist OW participants who are willing to take a serious approach to managing their addictions and to help OW participants stabilize their situations so they can focus on their treatment plan.

Contact us if you have questions or aren't sure where to find the service or help you need.