The Ontario government plans to change the rules about getting assistance from Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. Some of our publications will be available online only while we wait for the rules to change.
This resource describes the steps someone can take if they disagree with a decision about social assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. This includes decisions to refuse, reduce, or cut off assistance. People may be able to appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal. But first they have to ask for a review of the decision by the office that made it.
This resource explains the rules about child or spousal support when someone is getting assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. It describes when support payments are deducted from assistance and what people are expected to do to get spousal support.
This resource explains who can get income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program and how to apply. It includes information about the forms that have to be filled out and who can fill them out.
This resource deals with how inheriting money or other property can affect a person’s right to benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program. It mentions the rules about assets, income, and payments for disability-related items and services.
This resource is about how to apply to Ontario Works for financial assistance. It explains the rights of people applying for assistance, what kind of questions Ontario Works can ask, and what documents people might need to show. It includes information about the forms that have to be filled out and where to get help if there is a problem with Ontario Works or if they refuse assistance.
This resource describes the Participation Agreement that must be signed by people who need financial assistance from Ontario Works. It explains what sorts of activities can be part of an Agreement and what happens when a person cannot do what they agreed to. It also includes sections on community placements and how to appeal if assistance is refused, cut off, or reduced.
This resource talks about how spouses who live together must qualify for social assistance as a couple. It explains how Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program decide whether two adults who live together are spouses. Topics include applying while living with someone, being on assistance when someone moves in, living separately from a spouse, and being accused of living with someone.
This resource explains how income from work or training can affect the amount of income support a person gets from Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
Disclaimer: This site contains general legal information for people in Ontario, Canada. It is not intended to be used as legal advice for a specific legal problem.