Guelph Wellington Legal Clinic provides an online check-up to help people who are living in poverty so they can identify legal problems and get help. If you do not have enough money to live on, a good home or job, or family, social and health supports, your legal health may be at risk.
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For Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Call the Legal Clinic if:
If you are not happy with a decision about your social assistance you must make a written request for an Internal Review within 30 days of receiving the decision to the office where the decision was made.
The deadline for requesting an appeal to the Tribunal is the earliest of the following: (1) If you receive an internal review, you have 30 days of the date you received the internal review decision to file your appeal. the internal review decision letter will contain the specific date by which you must file your appeal; and, (2) If you do not receive an internal review decision, you have 60 days from the date you requested your internal review to file your appeal.
Documents for the hearing must be given to the office that made the decision and to the Social Benefits Tribunal 30 days before the hearing in cases involving medical evidence of disability and 20 days before the hearing in all other cases.
Additional information can also be found at these sites:
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) has provided helpful information on the topic of Social Assistance below. Click on any one of the headings below to explore that category.
The Legal Clinic will endeavour to provide referrals on all other areas of law. Please see our section on referrals for detailed information on resources that are available for persons seeking advice on areas of law that the Legal Clinic does not practise.