Participation Agreements and Ontario Works
What is a Participation Agreement?
You cannot get financial assistance from OW unless you sign a Participation Agreement.
When you sign it, you are agreeing to do what OW calls "employment assistance activities".
These activities are meant to help you get ready for work and find a job as soon as possible. The activities are listed in your Agreement.
The Agreement is part of your application for OW assistance. You and an OW worker are supposed to develop the Agreement together.
Reviewing the Agreement
Within 30 days of when you apply for assistance, an OW worker reviews your Agreement with you.
After that, an OW worker reviews your Agreement with you at least once every 6 months.
Make sure you understand the Agreement
When you meet with an OW worker, you have the right to bring someone with you for support.
For example, you could bring a family member, a friend, or someone from a community group or agency.
You have to sign the Participation Agreement and say that you will do what is in the Agreement. So if you need help with reading, you may want to bring someone who can help you with that.
And if you need an interpreter who speaks your language, tell the OW office. But you may need to bring your own interpreter.