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I live with another adult. Can I get assistance from Ontario Works?

I live with another adult. Can I get assistance from Ontario Works?
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October 31, 2016
Answer

If Ontario Works (OW) thinks you live with someone who is your spouse, neither one of you will be able to get financial assistance as a single person or as a sole-support parent.

Instead, OW looks at the income and assets that both of you have to decide if you can get assistance as a couple.

The amount of assistance you get as a couple is less than what you would get as two single people.

How much you get from OW depends on a number of things.

OW rules about couples

OW has rules that they use to decide whether 2 adults who live together are spouses.

If OW decides that the person you’re living with is your spouse, you can apply for assistance only as a couple.

If OW decides that the person you’re living with is your spouse, and you disagree, you may be able to appeal the decision.

If you apply for assistance as a couple, both of you have to sign all of the forms that are part of the application.

If you need help to decide whether to apply for financial assistance as a couple, contact a community legal clinic.

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