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I'm in the hospital. Can I still get financial assistance from Ontario Works?

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I'm in the hospital. Can I still get financial assistance from Ontario Works?
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I'm in the hospital. Can I still get financial assistance from Ontario Works?
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May 8, 2018
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Ontario Works (OW) can pay you financial assistance while you're in the hospital.

For the first 3 months, this assistance can include the amount they give you for housing if:

  • you have a place to live outside the hospital, and
  • you're still paying your housing costs, for example, your rent.

If you're in the hospital longer than 3 months, OW can reduce the amount of assistance they give you.

Getting assistance as part of a household

If a child who's part of your household is in the hospital, OW keeps paying assistance for the child. For example, you'll still get the Transition Child Benefit.

And OW pays assistance for your child even if they're in the hospital longer than 3 months.

If an adult who's part of a household is in the hospital longer than 3 months, OW can reduce the amount of assistance they pay for that person.

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