The Curve Lake First Nation Social Services Department provides programs through the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Health and is cost-shared with those ministries Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development under the Federal and Provincial 1965 Welfare Agreement.

The main goal is to provide financial and employment assistance to members in need in a safe and supportive environment.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Our sincerest appreciation for the dedication of former Ontario Works Administrators, who paved the road for success to continue serving residents of the Curve Lake Community with the Ontario Works Program.

  • Kay Taylor, Administrator and founder of the Ontario Native Welfare Administrator’s Association (ONWAA) that supports over 100 First Nation Ontario Works offices across the Province. ONWAA is our leading resource for training in Ontario Works policy and development.
  • Susie Taylor, Administrator for Curve Lake continues to share her expertise as Elder for ONWAA.
  • Jeannine Smith, Administrator who shared her knowledge of Municipal Ontario Works practices to enhance our First Nation delivery.
  • Noreen Conway, Administrator and Kristin Phillips, Employment Case Worker for sharing their knowledge and experience to deliver an exceptional Ontario Works Program for the Curve Lake community.

Noreen Conway
Ontario Works
Government Services Building
Curve Lake First Nation
Tel: 705-657-8045 ext. 212
Fax: 705-657-8509

Kristin Phillips
Employment Case Worker
Ontario Works
Government Services Building
Curve Lake First Nation
Tel: 705-657-8045 ext. 202
Fax: 705-657-8509

Curve Lake First Nation’s Ontario Works Department costs shares with the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS), Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) as per the Federal and Provincial 1965 Welfare Agreement.

A.D. Morrison is the current computer delivery software system to maintain client data and report financial statistics to our Government funders. Monthly reports are completed and submitted to our funders to ensure we adhere to the Ontario Works Act & Regulations & Directives. This includes random file reviews, monthly Subsidy Claim Reports, Cost of Administration Reports and CIBC Bank reconciliations. In addition to regular reporting procedures, the Ontario Works office is audited annually by the CLFN Auditors in addition to random audits by the province.

The CLFN Ontario Works Service Plan is used to plan programs and services to help our community members. The overall intent of Ontario Works is to offer interim financial assistance and employment assistance to residents of the Curve Lake community. Every person has the right and is welcome to come and fill out an Application for Ontario Works, Financial Assistance. The rates for Ontario Works benefits are consistent across Ontario and the amount allotted depends on family size.

All financial assistance is appealable first by Internal Review, then if needed to the Social Benefits Tribunal except for Discretional Benefits and Transitional Support Fund which are administered at the discretion of the Ontario Works Administrator.

For more information on the Ontario Works Application form and current rates, please refer to

Ontario Works Programs and Services

Financial Assistance – for Ontario Works Recipients (Basic Shelter, Food)

Employment Assistance – for Ontario Works Recipients (transportation, work equipment, CPIC, Certification course fees, workshops, computers, job boards

Mandatory Benefits – for Ontario Works Recipients

  • Drug Card
  • Special Diet Allowance
  • Funerals & Burials

Ontario Works Child Care –To assist Ontario Works recipients with child care expenses to attend employment-related activities.

Discretionary Benefits – must be on Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) and reside in Curve Lake First Nation

Transitional Support Fund –Emergency home repairs, Moving expenses, utility arrears, disconnection or eviction. For more info, please see –  Managing your Hydro. There are programs to help with Hydro costs below:

Funerals & Burials

  • We continue to financially help Social Services clients who are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support with funeral costs funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
  • We continue to help CLFN status members with funeral costs as funded by INAC
  • Ontario Works is a last resort for financial assistance and we encourage applications to alternate funding agencies (Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) or other pensions, etc. prior to accessing these limited funds

National Child Benefit Allowance

  • CLFN Food Bank – also funded by CLFN Gaming Revenue Fund
  • CLFN Just Food Boxes (Fresh Produce & Staples) – also funded by CLFN Gaming Revenue Fund
  • CLFN school Breakfast Program
  • Lakefield District Secondary School – Snack Program
  • Homework Club in Curve Lake
  • Summer Employment for students in low-income families
  • CLFN Library for cultural activities
  • CLFN Employment Program for Home to Work transitions (for low-income clients)

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

  • We have partnered with ODSP and Case Worker Joan Smith comes bi-weekly on Friday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to the CLFN Band Office to answer questions and provide support to anyone residing in the Curve Lake community. Please call Ontario Works to make an appointment.

CLFN Food Bank Program

  • located at 3 Public Works Road, Curve Lake, ON K0L 1R0
  • Distribution day for Kawartha Food share is the First Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Distribution day for the Dairy Box is the second Wednesday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Distribution day for the Fresh Produce Box is the fourth Wednesday of each month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. exception in December 2017 – third Wednesday.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Nodin Knott
Food Bank Coordinator
Food Bank Building
3 Public Works Road
Curve Lake, ON K0L1R0
Tel: 705-957-3539

Homemakers and Nurses Services Program

Homemakers assist clients in their home with cleaning, cooking, personal hygiene, etc. To request services from the Homemakers Program, please contact Ontario Works.

The Community Care Program assists with outside yard maintenance such as grass cutting, weed-eating, painting, garbage disposal, light housekeeping, etc. To request Community Care Services, please contact the Seniors Citizen Coordinator at (705) 657-8010

An Old Cherokee Tale of Two Wolves
One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people
He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’