Participation Agreements and Ontario Works
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Read this to learn about Participation Agreements, which most people have to sign to get financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW). It explains:
- what sorts of activities can be in an Agreement
- what happens if you cannot do what you agree to
- how to make changes after signing an Agreement
Other resources that may help you
- Need welfare? How to apply to Ontario Works explains how to apply to OW, which is for people who need money because they do not have a job or do not make enough money at work
- Disability benefits in Ontario: Who can get them and how to applyexplains how to apply for assistance from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), which is for people with serious health problems
CLEO has more resources on social assistance and other legal topics. You can read them on our website or order free copies.
If you speak French
Ask a lawyer or a community legal clinic about your language rights. You have the right to get government services related to Ontario Works (OW) in French.
If you are appealing a decision about your right to social assistance from OW, this could mean that you have the right to a hearing before a French-speaking member of the Social Benefits Tribunal, as well as other French-language services.
Si vous parlez français
Communiquez avec un avocat ou une clinique juridique communautaire, et informez-vous de vos droits linguistiques. Vous avez droit à ce que les services gouvernementaux reliés à Ontario au travail (OT) vous soient fournis en français.
Si vous avez fait appel d’une décision concernant votre droit à l’aide sociale d’OT, vous pourriez avoir droit à une audience devant un membre du Tribunal de l’aide sociale qui parle français, de même qu’à d’autres services en français.