Immigration status and Social Assistance

Recorded June 23, 2021 - Misunderstandings exist about who is eligible for social assistance programs in Ontario and about consequences of receiving Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  Undocumented people and those living with temporary status can be concerned about applying for benefits. And others need to know the rules about sponsoring relatives or being sponsored while receiving social assistance.

Lawyers in the legal clinic system shared important information and practical tips about the interaction between immigration status and receiving social assistance.