2. Learn about the questions OW asks

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Ontario Works (OW) asks you questions to decide whether the person you live with is your spouse. These questions are in the Questionnaire (for Applicants or Recipients who are living with another adult). Some people call it the Co-Resident Questionnaire.

The Questionnaire has 3 parts. Steps 3 to 5 talk about each of these parts.

You won’t get if you don’t:

  • answer the questions that OW asks
  • give them the information they ask for

If you need help dealing with OW, contact a community legal clinic.

Once OW makes a decision

If OW decides that the person you’re living with is your spouse, they’ll say that you have to apply for assistance as a couple.

If you disagree with their decision, you may be able to appeal.

If OW decides that the person you’re living with is not your spouse, they may follow up in the future to see if your relationship has changed.

And they will likely ask you for information about your relationship at least once a year.

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