Will my OW stop if I quit a job or refuse a job?
Question & AnswerWill my OW stop if I quit a job or refuse a job?
3. Get proof to show why you quit or refused a job
If looking for work is one of the activities in your Participation Agreement, Ontario Works (OW) can reduce your or cut it off if you’re not trying:
- to find work, and
- to keep any work that you have.
But this should not happen if OW thinks you have a good reason. OW sometimes calls this “reasonable cause” or “cause”. See Step 2 for examples.
Giving proof to OW
If you quit or refuse to take a job for health reasons, you need to give your OW worker a letter from your doctor.
Make sure to tell your OW worker if you take any steps against your employer, such as:
- making an Employment Standards claim with the Ministry of Labour
- making a union grievance
- making a human rights application
- suing your employer in court
You may want to get legal advice to help you decide what steps to take if you quit or refuse to take a job.
A community legal clinic may also be able to help you collect evidence that you’ll need to show OW.