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Resources and Publications

Appealing a decision about social assistance
(
March
2016
)

This resource describes the steps someone can take if they disagree with a decision about social assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. This includes decisions to refuse, reduce, or cut off assistance. People may be able to appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal. But first they have to ask for a review of the decision by the office that made it.

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Child and spousal support when you are on social assistance
(
December
2016
)

This resource explains the rules about child or spousal support when someone is getting assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. It describes when support payments are deducted from assistance and what people are expected to do to get spousal support.

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Disability benefits in Ontario: Who can get them and how to apply
(
August
2017
)

This resource explains who can get income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program and how to apply. It includes information about the forms that have to be filled out and who can fill them out.

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Getting an inheritance when you are on Ontario disability benefits
(
September
2017
)

This resource deals with how inheriting money or other property can affect a person’s right to benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program. It mentions the rules about assets, income, and payments for disability-related items and services.

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Need welfare? How to apply to Ontario Works
(
July
2017
)

This resource is about how to apply to Ontario Works for financial assistance. It explains the rights of people applying for assistance, what kind of questions Ontario Works can ask, and what documents people might need to show. It includes information about the forms that have to be filled out and where to get help if there is a problem with Ontario Works or if they refuse assistance.

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Participation Agreements and Ontario Works
(
May
2016
)

This resource describes the Participation Agreement that must be signed by people who need financial assistance from Ontario Works. It explains what sorts of activities can be part of an Agreement and what happens when a person cannot do what they agreed to. It also includes sections on community placements and how to appeal if assistance is refused, cut off, or reduced.

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Social assistance rules about couples: What you need to know if you live with someone
(
January
2016
)

This resource talks about how spouses who live together must qualify for social assistance as a couple. It explains how Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program decide whether two adults who live together are spouses. Topics include applying while living with someone, being on assistance when someone moves in, living separately from a spouse, and being accused of living with someone.

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Working while you are on social assistance
(
March
2014
)

This resource explains how income from work or training can affect the amount of income support a person gets from Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

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