1. Find out who OW includes in your household

Can I work and still get financial assistance from Ontario Works?
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1. Find out who OW includes in your household

Ontario Works (OW) has rules about who they include as part of your household. OW calls this your "benefit unit".  

They include the income and assets of people in your household when they decide if you qualify financially for OW. 

And if others in your household earn money, their income can affect how much financial assistance you get.

The people OW may include are:

Children under 18

If a child under 18 lives with you, OW rules say that they’re usually included in your household if you or your spouse is the child’s parent. But their earnings are not included as income and don’t affect how much you get from OW.

Children 18 and older

There are rules about when OW includes a child who is 18 or older in your household.

If an adult child in your household is a full-time student in high school or a post-secondary program:

  • OW does not include their earnings as income
  • their earnings don’t affect how much you get from OW

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Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
Reviewed: June 14, 2018

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