Ontario Works & ODSP

In Ontario there are two basic types of social assistance (welfare): Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). OW provides income and employment assistance to people in temporary financial need while ODSP provides income and employment assistance to eligible people with disabilities. There are two parts to welfare: shelter allowance and personal needs (or living) allowance. If […]

Applying for OW and ODSP

For Ontario Works (OW), you can apply by telephone, online or in person: http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/ow/apply.aspx For the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you can apply by telephone, online or in person at your local Ministry of Community and Social Services office: http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/income_support/part_one.aspx

18 & Older

If you are 18 or older, you have a right to apply for social assistance, and should insist on proceeding with the application process even if the intake worker says you will not qualify. If they will not let you apply, tell them right away that you do not agree. OW workers are not allowed to refuse […]

16 & 17 Year-Olds

OW If you are 16 or 17 you may qualify for OW if you have special circumstances. For example, if you did not leave home voluntarily because you were told to leave without a good reason or were abused, then you may qualify for assistance. You must be registered in school full-time and follow other rules in order to […]

Can I Appeal if my Application is Denied?

If you are turned down for either OW or ODSP, you should receive written notification within 30 days of your request. You have 30 days from the date of getting the notification to tell them in writing that you disagree. The office will then conduct an internal review. If they turn you down again, they […]

Can I work while on OW or ODSP?

You may be able to work while you are on OW or ODSP subject to strict rules. You should speak to your worker or a legal clinic to find out how much you can make and what effect working will have on your eligibility.