- You are required to attend an employment
information session at the second stage of the application
- You may be required to take a literacy
screening test at the second stage if you have not
completed grade 12 or its equivalent. If you provide
proof of a learning disorder, you are not required
to take the literacy screening test.
- If you are applying to the Ontario Disability
Support Program (ODSP) through Ontario Works
and you have assets above the Ontario Works asset
limit and you have not previously used the one-time
asset exemption, then you are required to complete
an Agreement to Reimburse. If you are determined
to be ineligible for ODSP, you must repay some or
all of the assistance that you have received.
- You will be required to meet with your worker
at least every 3 months to review your participation
in employment assistance activities and every 12
months to review your financial information.
- Contact your worker promptly if:
- You receive a message that your worker needs to speak to you.
- There are any changes in your circumstances.
- You are planning to leave the province for any period.
- If you being to receive income or your income
- Respond promptly if you receive a request
for information or a form to complete.
- All members of your benefit unit who are 18 years
of age and older are required to participate
in employment assistance activities including
a looking for work or better paying work. Activities
that may be approved include:
Independent job search Job search support (i.e. resume workshop) Employment placement Community placement Education or training program Addiction treatment program Supports to self-employment Self-employment activity Learning, Earning and Parenting program Literacy training program
All members are required to immediately report any changes in their participation.
- Keep receipts and statements so that your
worker can verify your income, expenses and assets.
Keep receipts and statements such as:
Pay stubs Hydro, water and heating costs Bank Account books/statements Fire insurance Rent or mortgage payments Income tax assessment or returns Child care costs
- Obtain and report all available income
that you or a member of your benefit unit is owed
or receives, including any earnings and training
allowances. Each month you will receive an income
reporting form that is used to report all changes
to your income. If you or any member of your family
begins to receive income or your income changes,
you must report this income to your worker and the
completed statement must be received in your worker's
office by the due date. Your worker will review
your income history regularly. Examples of sources
of income include:
Earnings WSIB Employment Insurance Sponsor payments Roomer/boarder income Money owed to you Interest or dividends Pensions Self-employment income OSAP Insurance/accident claims Farm Income Sale of assets Child/spouse support Child care income Training allowances Inheritances or lotteries Compensation for victims of crime
- Report all your assets. An asset is property
of all kinds, including cash or anything that you
own that can be converted into cash. The total dollar
value of your assets affects your eligibility for
assistance. The equity that you have in real estate
other than your primary residence is included as
an asset at the time of application. Examples of
Primary or other residence or real estate Life insurance Collections or valuables Investments Vehicles Money in bank account
Remember to tell your worker immediately if you or anyone in your benefit unit:
Sells or transfers an asset Borrows money Buys a new asset Opens or closes a bank account
- Report your living arrangements and any other
changes. Tell your worker immediately if there
are changes in your current living arrangement such
- Your address or phone number changes
- Your rent or other home cost changes
- Your dependent leaves school, return to school, starts work, leaves home or returns home
- The number of people in your benefit unit changes
- You or a member of your benefit unit leaves
Ontario for a period greater than 7 days
- You and your spouse are responsible to repay
all overpayments you may have. If you leave
social assistance, you and your spouse are still
required to repay the overpayment.
- You are responsible for following the rules of the Ontario Works Program including honest reporting of all circumstances and changes of circumstances that affect eligibility.