1. Learn about qualifying financially

Beware of scams

People have been getting phone calls with a pre-recorded message telling them their Ontario Works account has been deleted.

This is a scam to trick you into sharing your personal information. If you get a call like that, hang up the phone. You can report these calls to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

You must qualify financially to get Ontario Works (OW). This means that you must need so that you have enough money to live on.

Information about income and assets

To qualify financially for OW, your  can't be more than a certain amount. That amount depends on the number of people in your household and the cost of your housing.

OW looks at your  because your assets can't be worth more than a certain amount. This amount also depends on the number of people in your household.

Income and assets OW does not count

There are some types of income and assets that OW does not count. For example, they do not count your home, one car, and most household items like furniture and appliances.

But you still have to give OW information about all of your income and assets.


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