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How do I apply to Ontario Works?

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How do I apply to Ontario Works?

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To get started, you can contact your local Ontario Works (OW) office. Or, you may be able to use OW's online application.

After you start your application, the next thing you do is meet with an OW worker.

When you apply, you have to:

  • give personal and financial information about yourself, each member of your family, and anyone else who lives with you
  • give OW documents that relate to yourself and other people in your household
  • sign forms that the OW worker fills out with you

If OW does not want to take your application

The law says that OW must take your application. And they must do this even if they say that you will not qualify for financial assistance.

If you’re talking to an OW worker on the phone and they don’t want to give you an appointment to complete your application, ask to speak to a supervisor. Tell the supervisor that you want to complete your application.

If there’s still a problem, contact your community legal clinic right away.

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