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I’m on social assistance and can’t go to my employment assistance activities because of COVID-19. Will this affect my benefits?

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I’m on social assistance and can’t go to my employment assistance activities because of COVID-19. Will this affect my benefits?
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I’m on social assistance and can’t go to my employment assistance activities because of COVID-19. Will this affect my benefits?
Reviewed: 
April 1, 2020
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To get financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW), you have to sign a Participation Agreement. The agreement says what “employment assistance activities” you must be doing.

For people getting income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), certain family members may have to do employment assistance activities. This includes:

  • adults in your household who depend on you, and
  • your spouse, but not if your spouse has a disability or if your spouse cares for you because you have a disability.

Because of COVID-19, people do not have to do their employment assistance activities for now. And Participation Agreements are not being updated.

If you’re just starting to get OW your first Participation Agreement will not include any employment assistance activities, and will be reviewed after 60 days, instead of after 30 days. 

OW and ODSP workers are not referring anyone to employment activities or job support programs at this time.

If you have any questions, contact your OW or ODSP worker.

If you have any problems, talk to your local community legal clinic.

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