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My spouse and I have separated. What will happen when I apply to Ontario Works?
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.
- 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.
You should get legal advice if OW says you must apply as a couple.