Department of Social Services
6 Judson Street
Canton, New York 13617

Phone: (315) 379-2111
Fax: (315) 379-2278

Heather Wenzel, Interim Commissioner


St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services

 Brief Description of Services:

The St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services provides temporary assistance to eligible individuals and families to help them with their basic needs until they can become self-sufficient. Toward that end, we have employment programs and other supportive services such as day care so that people can find and maintain employment. We also administer programs which can assist people with their medical expenses and nutritional needs.

In addition, Children's Services helps families deal with problems so they can stay together and, when necessary, provides foster care. Child Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse and neglect. Child Support assists in collecting financial support from legally responsible relatives.

Useful Web Pages

Visit NY Connects: Choices for Long Term CareFree information and assistance service that is available to individuals of all ages and their families to help them make better decisions regarding their long term care needs. NY Connects will serve the elderly, adults and children with disabilities, regardless of their payer source. NY Connects is a trusted resource that provides impartial and unbiased information about Long Term Care choices in St. Lawrence County. Click on link (above) for the Resource Directory or on picture (below).

NY Connects:  Choices for Long Term Care

Visit NYS MyBenefitsThe fast and easy way to find out about many health and human service programs and how to apply for them anytime and anywhere.  Click on link (above) for the Website or on picture (below).


To report possible fraud, please call (315) 379-2145 or go to  to complete the Report Welfare Fraud Online Form.  Callers may remain anonymous.


The St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services has completed the biennial Temporary Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment Plan for January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.  The 30-day public comment period runs from November 20, 2019 through December 20, 2019. 

The Plan can be viewed at the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services Employment Unit located at the One-Stop Career Center in the Human Services Center on State Route 310 in Canton or here: TA-SNAP Employment Plan 2020-21.pdf

To obtain more information or make comments regarding the Plan, please call Lori Elliott at (315) 386-3276, extension 3334. 

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