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I don't have permanent status in Canada. Can I get financial assistance from Ontario Works?

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I don't have permanent status in Canada. Can I get financial assistance from Ontario Works?
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I don't have permanent status in Canada. Can I get financial assistance from Ontario Works?
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June 25, 2018
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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.

If your income is low and you live in Ontario, you may be able to get financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW).

The law does not say what kind of immigration status you must have to qualify for assistance from OW.

The law only says who does not qualify because of immigration reasons.

Who may qualify for assistance

For example, you may be able to get financial assistance from OW if you:

If OW is not giving you financial assistance because of your immigration status, contact a community legal clinic for help.

Step 2 explains who might not qualify for OW because of immigration reasons.

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