Social Assistance and Immigration

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Misunderstandings exist about who is eligible for social assistance programs in Ontario and about consequences of receiving Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  Undocumented people and those living with temporary status can be concerned about applying for benefits. And others need to know the rules about sponsoring relatives or being sponsored while receiving social assistance.

Lawyers in the legal clinic system will share important information and practical tips about the interaction between immigration status and receiving social assistance.

*ASL interpretation will be available.

Speakers:  Martine Cétoute, Community Legal Services of Ottawa (CLSO), Sandra Gonzalez Ponce, Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC), Gillian Reiss, Willowdale Community Legal Services (WCLS).

Questions for our presenters? Please send them ahead of the webinar to Karen Dick at, or bring questions to our live Q&A

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June 23rd, 2021 10:30 AM through 12:00 PM