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I'm appealing an Ontario Works decision. Can I get financial help while I wait for the appeal decision?

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I'm appealing an Ontario Works decision. Can I get financial help while I wait for the appeal decision?
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I'm appealing an Ontario Works decision. Can I get financial help while I wait for the appeal decision?
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November 30, 2016
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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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