5. Apply for benefits
Question & AnswerI’ve been fired. How much notice should I get?
You might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
And, you might be able to get EI even though you got fired.
If you don’t qualify or you are waiting for EI, you might be able to get social assistance benefits from Ontario Works (OW). To get OW assistance, you must qualify financially. This means that you must need financial help so that you have enough money to live on.
You must also meet OW rules about:
- income, which is how much money you already get
- assets, which are things you own and any money or savings you have
You can apply for OW online.
The information you enter online goes to your local OW office. Within 3 business days, a worker from that office is supposed to phone you to set up an appointment to complete the application.
If you don’t have a phone number, call your local OW office to make the appointment.