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I’m an adult and live with my parents. Can I get assistance from Ontario Works?

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I’m an adult and live with my parents. Can I get assistance from Ontario Works?
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I’m an adult and live with my parents. Can I get assistance from Ontario Works?
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June 22, 2018
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If you’re 18 or older, you might be able to get financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW) on your own. How living with your parents affects financial assistance from OW is complicated and depends on your situation.

This answer and next steps give basic information. A community legal clinic may be able to explain more fully how this will affect you.

To qualify for assistance on your own, you must be “financially independent”. See Step 1.

OW has rules about whether adults who live with their parents are:

  • financially independent, or
  • part of their parents’ household. OW calls each household a “benefit unit”.

When OW includes an adult child in their parents’ household

OW includes an adult child who lives with their parents in the parents’ household if the adult child:

  • does not qualify for income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), and
  • is not “financially independent”.

Adult children who OW includes in their parents’ household are called dependent adults.

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