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Does getting child support affect my financial assistance from Ontario Works?

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Does getting child support affect my financial assistance from Ontario Works?
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Does getting child support affect my financial assistance from Ontario Works?
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Reviewed: 
August 31, 2017
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There’s a rule that says child support payments don’t affect the amount of financial assistance you get from Ontario Works (OW).

So, if you get child support, you get that money and your financial assistance.

This is a new rule that applies starting February 1, 2017. But it only applies to child support payments that are owed for periods of time that begin on February 1, 2017, or after that date.

And it has to be child support that the law says a person must pay. For example, someone might have to pay child support because of a court order or an agreement

Trying to get child support

OW will not say that you must try to get child support when you apply for assistance or while you’re getting assistance.

But the rule is different for spousal support.

Reporting child support payments

Even when child support payments don’t affect the amount of financial assistance you get, you still have to tell OW about them. See Step 2.

Applying to OW

OW does not count child support payments when they decide if you qualify for financial assistance.

This is important because to qualify for OW, your income can’t be more than a certain amount. That amount depends on the number of people in your household and the cost of your housing.

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