Can I get OW if I live with another adult?

Beware of scams

People have been getting phone calls with a pre-recorded message telling them their Ontario Works account has been deleted.

This is a scam to trick you into sharing your personal information. If you get a call like that, hang up the phone. You can report these calls to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Long delays for appeal hearings

If you're appealing a decision made by OW or ODSP in 2020, your appeal hearing may not happen for a long time. People report that they're getting hearing dates from the that are between 9 and 16 months in the future. We'll update this information as things change.

If Ontario Works (OW) thinks you live with someone who is your spouse, neither one of you will be able to get as a single person or as a .

Instead, OW looks at the and that both of you have to decide if you can get assistance as a couple.

The amount of assistance you get as a couple is less than what you would get as two single people.

How much you get from OW depends on a number of things.

OW rules about couples

OW has rules that they use to decide whether 2 adults who live together are spouses.

If OW decides that the person you're living with is your spouse, you can apply for assistance only as a couple.

If OW decides that the person you're living with is your spouse, and you disagree, you may be able to appeal the decision.

If you apply for assistance as a couple, both of you have to sign all of the forms that are part of the application.

If you need help to decide whether to apply for financial assistance as a couple, contact a community legal clinic.

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