1. Learn the OW rules about living in Ontario
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released their latest take on mandatory vaccines, passports and testing, here: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/ohrc-policy-statement-covid-19-vaccine-mandates-and-proof-vaccine-certificates. In light of this update, and the new directives that the Province released a few weeks ago, we are in the process of updating our covid testing content. Please re-visit the site to access the updated content when it is available.
Question & AnswerCan I be on OW if I’m not a permanent resident or citizen?
To qualify for from Ontario Works (OW) you must show that you live in Ontario.
Showing that you live in Ontario does not depend on the immigration status you have.
When you apply
You need to tell OW where you live. You might be able to show documents such as a lease or receipts from your landlord that show you’re paying rent.
It does not matter how long you’ve been living where you are. And you don’t have to show how long you plan to live there.
If you don’t have a permanent address
OW can’t refuse to give you assistance just because you don’t have a permanent address.