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My spouse and I have separated. What will happen when I apply to Ontario Works?

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My spouse and I have separated. What will happen when I apply to Ontario Works?
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My spouse and I have separated. What will happen when I apply to Ontario Works?
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October 31, 2016
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You may be able to get financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW) as a single person or a sole-support parent if you and your spouse:

  • have separated, and
  • don’t plan to get back together.

But OW must believe that you’ve separated and don’t plan to get back together or they’ll see you as a couple.

OW rules say that couples have to apply together for assistance.

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

Getting help

You should get legal advice if OW says you must apply as a couple. 

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