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Working while you are on social assistance

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Will OW or ODSP help me with costs related to working?

You may be able to get help to:

  • buy tools, equipment, and clothes for work
  • pay travel costs related to preparing for or starting a new job
  • pay fees for a licence or membership in an association

When you start work or a training program, you may also be able to get money right away to pay for child care.

If you are on ODSP, you may be able to get money to pay for items or services that you need because of your disability. This could include:

  • specialized computer equipment and software
  • sign language interpreters
  • transportation services
  • attendant care services

If you are on ODSP, you may also be able to get a Work-Related Benefit of $100 a month.

To find out more, ask your OW or ODSP worker or contact a community legal clinic. See How can I get legal help and information?

If you are self-employed or would like to start your own business, you should talk to your worker or contact a community legal clinic. OW and ODSP have rules about what is self-employment and what business expenses you can deduct.