2. Learn who may not qualify for immigration reasons

I don't have permanent status in Canada. Can I get financial assistance from Ontario Works?
This question has an answer and 4 steps
1
2
3
4

2. Learn who may not qualify for immigration reasons

You don’t have to have a certain kind of immigration status to qualify for financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW).

The law only says who does not qualify because of immigration reasons.

Who does not qualify for assistance

There are 3 situations in which you may not qualify for OW assistance because of immigration reasons.

The 3 situations are:

  1. You’re in Canada as a tourist.
  2. You’re in Canada as a visitor.
  3. There’s a removal order that says you have to leave Canada and there's nothing to legally stop the Canada Border Services Agency from forcing you to leave.

But if you're in one of these situations, you might still qualify.

1. Tourists

You can’t get financial assistance from OW if you're in Canada as a tourist. A tourist is someone who's here for a short period of time and plans to leave.

Usually, a tourist has temporary status in Canada as a visitor.

But even if you came to Canada as a tourist, your status can change. For example, if you make a refugee claim, you're no longer a tourist and may qualify for financial assistance.

2. Visitors

If your status as a visitor has expired, talk to a community legal clinic. You might qualify for financial assistance.

You don't qualify for financial assistance from OW if you're a visitor unless:

For example, you may be able to get financial assistance if you applied for permanent resident status:

If you made a refugee claim, getting financial assistance from OW does not affect the decision about your refugee claim.

But if you're applying for permanent resident status for H&C reasons, you may want to get legal advice about getting OW assistance.

3. People who have a removal order

You may not qualify for financial assistance from OW if:

But even if this applies to you, you may be able to get financial assistance if:

Not able to leave Canada

Here are some examples of reasons why you can’t leave Canada that may be "wholly beyond your control":

  • You don't have a passport or other travel document and you have not been able to get one.
  • You're waiting for the Canada Border Services Agency to arrange to remove you.
  • The Canada Border Services Agency can't remove you because no country will take you.
  • You're from a country that Canada is not removing people to.

You May Also Need

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Reviewed: June 25, 2018

Parlez Français