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Can I leave Ontario and still get financial assistance from Ontario Works?
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.
To qualify for financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW), you must live in Ontario.
But you may still be able to get assistance if you leave Ontario for a short time. This is usually no more than 7 days.
If you're gone for 7 days or less, OW won't cut off your assistance for being away.
Leaving Ontario for more than 7 days
It's best to ask OW for approval before you leave Ontario.
If you're away for more than 7 days without approval from OW, they will cut off your assistance.
If you're part of a household, OW will reduce assistance that goes to the household by the amount that they pay for you. This includes the amount you get for housing.
And if they paid you assistance while you were outside Ontario for more than 7 days without their approval, they'll say that you have an overpayment.
Step 3 talks about getting help if you have a problem with OW.