How do I prepare for an OW hearing at the Social Benefits Tribunal?

4. Tell the SBT if you’re also claiming discrimination

Ontario’s human rights laws say that Ontario Works (OW) rules and decisions should not discriminate against you for a reason that goes against your human rights.

Discrimination happens if you’re treated differently because of:

  • your race, colour, ancestry, ethnic origin, citizenship, or where you were born
  • your religious beliefs
  • a physical or mental disability, including an addiction
  • having children, planning to have children, or being pregnant
  • your marital status, for example, married, divorced, single, or living common-law
  • your sex or gender
  • your sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression
  • your age, if you’re 18 or older

What you need to do

Fill out a Notice of Human Rights Code Claim (Form 4) and send it to the (SBT), if you:

  • think that the OW decision or rules discriminate against you
  • want the SBT to consider a human rights issue as part of your appeal

You have to do this at least 60 days before your hearing.

The SBT will give a copy of your form to the OW office.

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