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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.

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2021

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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.

Available in:

English

Format:

Webinar

Produced/Updated In:

2021

A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario

This resource has information about programs and services available to Ontario’s seniors. Topics covered include: 

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Gujarati, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

Before You Sign

This set of resources addresses common legal problems faced by newcomers to Canada. They come in podcast and print (transcript of podcast) formats in ten languages: Arabic, English, French, Karen, Khmer, Low German, Mandarin, Nepali, Spanish, and Urdu. The resources cover the following topics:

custody and access
fraud
rights of employees on termination
eviction
Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program benefits

The PDF below is a workbook created for community workers who wish to learn how to better help clients with legal problems.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Kmer/Cambodian, Mandarin, Nepali, Spanish, Urdu

Format:

Audio, Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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As an Ontario Works client: How to appeal a decision about your case

This website explains when and how to appeal a decision about your case. It has a link to the appeal form you’ll need, and provides phone numbers you can use to get help.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

NewYouth.ca

Designed for young newcomers, this website provides settlement-related information. It is intended to give young newcomers a place to ask questions and receive information and referrals online from peers and professionals. NewYouth.ca can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@newcomeryouth), and YouTube (newcomeryouth).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Services and supports for people labelled with an intellectual disability

ARCH Disability Law Centre and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) have partnered to develop this factsheet for settlement and frontline workers. In question-and-answer form, the factsheet discusses services and supports that may be available through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO).

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Working while you are on social assistance

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).

Available in:

English, Français, Korean

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Changes in the Treatment of Child Support in OW and ODSP: What Family Lawyers Need to Know

Starting January 2017, important changes are being made to the way Ontario’s social assistance programs treat child support payments, which will affect the advice you give to family law clients. This fact sheet answers these questions:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Changes in the Treatment of Child Support in OW and ODSP: What Parents Need to Know

Important changes are being made to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rules around child support. If you are a parent on OW or ODSP who is getting or should be getting child support, this fact sheet has information for you about these changes. It answers these questions:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017