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I need money to live. Can I get help from Ontario Works?

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I need money to live. Can I get help from Ontario Works?
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I need money to live. Can I get help from Ontario Works?
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September 30, 2016
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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.

Applying for social assistance?
Applying for social assistance?

Use this chart to decide whether to apply for OW or ODSP.

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

OW assistance is for people who need money for one of the following reasons:

  • they can’t find work
  • they’re not able to work right now
  • they’re working but making so little money that they qualify for assistance
  • they’re applying to the Ontario Disability Program (ODSP) and need assistance while waiting for disability benefits

OW has rules about who can get financial assistance and what you must do to keep getting it.

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

If you don’t have a permanent address

OW can’t refuse to give you assistance just because you don’t have a permanent address.

But if you don’t pay for housing, the amount of assistance you get will not include an amount to pay for housing. So it will be less than what you’d get if you were paying rent.

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