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Can I get OW money while waiting for an OW appeal decision?

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Can I get OW money while waiting for an OW appeal decision?
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Can I get OW money while waiting for an OW appeal decision?
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November 30, 2016
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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 Social Benefits Tribunal that are between 9 and 16 months in the future. We'll update this information as things change.

If you disagree with a decision from Ontario Works (OW), you may be able to appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT).

To start your appeal, you complete the SBT’s Appeal Form

When you complete the Appeal Form, you can ask the SBT to order OW to pay you interim assistance.

If the SBT decides that you can get interim assistance, they order your local OW office to pay it to you.

Paying back interim assistance

Interim assistance that you get will be considered an overpayment if:

  • you don’t go to your SBT hearing
  • you lose your appeal to the SBT

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