Increased Mileage Rates for Eligible Social Assistance Recipients

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Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is improving support for people receiving social assistance by increasing the mileage rates for medical and business travel.

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The new rates are:

  • 41 cents per kilometre if you live in the North and Northeast Regions of Ontario.
  • 40 cents per kilometre if you live anywhere else in the province.

For medical travel, the new rates apply to social assistance recipients who either drive themselves to medical appointments using their own personal vehicles, or those who use transportation services (to get to and from medical appointments) provided by agencies that don’t set their own travel rates. This also applies to situations where family members or friends drive the recipient as well.

The new rates for medical travel are retroactive to October 1, 2016. Those who were eligible for and received a medical travel benefit at any time since this date will see a retroactive payment to reflect the increase.

For social assistance recipients who report self-employment income, Ontario is also introducing new business expense deduction mileage rates. The new mileage rates apply to social assistance recipients who are self-employed and who use their own personal vehicle(s) for business travel (where the purpose of travel is to generate income). These new rates took effect on January 9, 2017 and are not retroactive.