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Working while you are on social assistance

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What if I was on social assistance for at least 3 months in the past?

Earnings exemptions might apply right away. This is the case if all 3 of the following apply to you:

  • You were on OW or ODSP for at least 3 months in a row before going off.
  • You had earnings from work or a training program when you went off OW or ODSP.
  • You apply to go back on OW within 6 months from the date you went off.