Social Assistance (OW and ODSP)
WCLS provides services to applicants and recipients of OW (Ontario Works, also known as welfare) and ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program). If you disagree with a decision about your benefits, then we can advise you of your rights and help you try to resolve the matter. In some cases, we can represent you on an appeal to the Social Benefits Tribunal.
Examples of social assistance issues we may help with:
Your application for benefits was denied
Your benefits were suspended or cancelled
A particular benefit was denied, reduced or cancelled, such as the Special Diet Allowance or Mandatory Special Necessities
You were charged an overpayment with which you disagree
We do not distribute or complete ODSP applications. If you would like to apply to ODSP and you are currently receiving OW benefits, ask your OW caseworker for an application. If you are not receiving OW benefits, then you can get an ODSP application form after doing a financial eligibility test at your local ODSP office. You will then need to bring a set of forms to your medical practitioner to complete, and there is also a form for you to complete.
Our office is located on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible.