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How do I apply to 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 get started, you can contact your local Ontario Works (OW) office. Or, you may be able to use OW's online application.
After you start your application, the next thing you do is meet with an OW worker.
When you apply, you have to:
- give personal and financial information about yourself, each member of your family, and anyone else who lives with you
- give OW documents that relate to yourself and other people in your household
- sign forms that the OW worker fills out with you
If OW does not want to take your application
The law says that OW must take your application. And they must do this even if they say that you will not qualify for financial assistance.
If you’re talking to an OW worker on the phone and they don’t want to give you an appointment to complete your application, ask to speak to a supervisor. Tell the supervisor that you want to complete your application.
If there’s still a problem, contact your community legal clinic right away.