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Participation Agreements and Ontario Works

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Are there types of activities I should not have to do?

There are some activities that you should not have to do, for example:

  • You should not have to do activities that are dangerous to your health or safety or could make a medical condition get worse.

    So, if you have back problems, you should not have to do a job where you have to lift heavy things.

  • You should not have to do activities that go against your personal or religious beliefs.
  • If you are a member of a union or professional association, you should not have to do things that go against its membership rules.
  • If you and your spouse have children who live with you, you may not have to do activities at the same time. But this will not apply when your children are at school or you have child care for them.
  • If you have a learning disorder, you should not have to do activities that you are not able to do.
  • If you are a caregiver for a family member, you should not have to do activities that stop you from looking afer the person.

Giving proof to OW

OW will ask you to prove why you should not have to do an activity. For example, you might need:

  • a letter from a doctor
  • a letter from your religious leader
  • proof that you belong to a union or professional association, along with a document that shows the rules members must follow