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Question asked on Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 20:19

I’m 17 and really need to leave my mothers house. She is very mentally unstable and has a drug problem. I’m currently in high school and don’t have a job right now. I wish to move out and rent my own apartment so I don’t have to deal with the abuse, drugs, and overall better my lifestyle and be free of this environment so I can succeed. I would really benefit from an apartment of my own and have no issues working but I need help and financial assistance. Can you reccomend the best course of action for me? What do I need to do to ensure government assistance and the chance to get my own apartment? I suffer so terribly at home and really need to leave. 

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

We're sorry for the difficult situation you're in. Your health and safety is most important, and if you feel like you're in danger, please get help immediately. 

You can contact a Legal Aid clinic in your area and speak to an advisor for a free consultation on what your options are. You can also call or chat online with a counsellor at Kidshelpphone.ca.

Welfare, known as Ontario Works, is one of the options you should look into. To be eligble for welfare, you must:

  • live in Ontario
  • be in financial need (your household doesn’t have sufficient financial resources to meet basic living expenses)
  • be willing to make reasonable efforts to find, prepare for and keep a job (unless you have specific circumstances that temporarily prevent you from doing so, such as an illness or caregiving responsibilities)

To get the best help, we suggest going to an Ontario Works office and meeting with a case worker. They'll be able to answer all of your questions and guide you through the process. Make sure you bring all the necessary documents to your appointment. 

If you're underage, please read our article on  applying for Ontario Works if you're under 18 on our website. 

We hope this helps.

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Question asked on Friday, May 4, 2018 - 23:12

I am a refugee claimant, i want to know hiw ri go abiut renewal ir extension of my work permut that would be expiring by end of August 2018. I was unable to use the work permit since last year dye to some reasons beyond my control. I hope to get employed before the end of this month and l just want to know how ti go about the renewal so ut does not affect the job am taking up soon.

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

It's great that you're being proactive about renewing your permit and looking into how to do so in advance!

If you want to extend your work permit, make sure you begin your application at least 30 days before the date your permit will expire. 

You can either apply online, or on paper after downloading the application package. Details on how to apply can be found on the Government of Canada's website.

We hope this helps.

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Question asked on Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 21:32

Hi, I'm 19years old currently a refugee claimant in Toronto. I arrived here when I was 18 and made my claims same year 2017. I had a hearing date that was later postponed with no new date yet. Though it made me depressed , I had to move on retake high school and now I'm almost done . And now I don't know my fate.

Comment:

Hello and thank you for reaching out to us.

We understand how difficult your situation must be. 

Please try to be patient and stay hopeful. You can check the status of your application online, or try contacting whoever you've been in touch with about your hearing date. 

If you're feeling low and can't seem to pick yourself back up, check out our article on where to get mental health help. It's just as important to take care of your mental health as it is taking care of your physical health. 

In the meantime, get excited about your future! This is very important time in your life, and you may want to start thinking about college or university

We hope this helps.

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Question asked on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 19:01

I have to go see a neurologist in the near future and was wondering if Ohip covers it or do I have to pay out of pocket?

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

OHIP covers visits to doctors, so we suggest going to your family doctor or a walk-in clinic so that they can determine if you need to be referred to a neurologist. A neurologist is a doctor, so OHIP should cover the cost of seeing one. 

A list of everything that OHIP covers can be found on Ontario's website

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Question asked on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 14:41

If you have a permanent residency can you, and if you can, when can you become  a citizen of Canada?

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

If you have permanent residency, then you absolute can apply to become a Canadian citizen. To do so, you'll have to :

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have been physically present in Canada for 3 out of the 5 years before the day you apply
  • Know how to speak or write in either English or French (Canada's two official languages)

To learn more, read our article on how to become a Canadian citizen. Once you're ready to apply, go on over to www.citizenshipcounts.ca to prepare for the test. 

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Question asked on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:13

Im 18 years old and being constantly emotionally abused at home & im just wondering if there is some kind of student welfare that would help me get my own place until i leave for university in the fall? i cant stay with any relatives since they all live too far from my high school. This is a pretty broad question but i would appreciate any help i can get

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

We're sorry for the difficult situation you're in. Your health and safety is most important, and if you feel like you're in danger, please get help immediately. 

You can contact a Legal Aid clinic in your area and speak to an advisor for a free consultation on what your options are. You can also call or chat online with a counsellor at Kidshelpphone.ca.

Welfare, known as Ontario Works, is one of the options you should look into. To be eligble for welfare, you must:

  • live in Ontario
  • be in financial need (your household doesn’t have sufficient financial resources to meet basic living expenses)
  • be willing to make reasonable efforts to find, prepare for and keep a job (unless you have specific circumstances that temporarily prevent you from doing so, such as an illness or caregiving responsibilities)

To get the best help, we suggest going to an Ontario Works office and meeting with a case worker. They'll be able to answer all of your questions and guide you through the process. Make sure you bring all the necessary documents to your appointment. 

We hope this helps.

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Question asked on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 08:04

Hi,

I just came here from Europe because my brother got accepted in hockey team so I would like to stay here, work and stay here for life if it's possible. I am 21 year old. Is there any possibility to stay here and get my permanet visa? Right now I only have visitor visa.

 

Thank you,

Liv

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

It's great that you're enjoying your time in Canada!

If you'd like to work and stay here permanently, we suggest that you apply for a work permit. To do so, you'll have to visit a Canadian visa office in the country where you live, in the country where you're a citizen of, or at a Canadian embassy in the United States of America. The application to work in Canada is available online.

Remember, you can only stay in Canada on a visitor's for 6 months. If you'd like to extend your stay, you must apply 30 days before your status expires. Visit the Government of Canada's website to find out more about extending your stay in Canada as a visitor.

We hope this helps.

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Question asked on Monday, February 26, 2018 - 05:39

my daughter is 16 years old she has left home was living with my mother she’s a troubled teen who is aggressive, uses drugs, is very angry,suicidal, and so much more I let the school know and they helped her get Ontario works and told her to get her own apartment she doesn’t need Ontario works my mother provides her with everything why would the government give a 16 year old child money to use it to buy drugs this is crazy and insane she has 2 safe homes to live in but she choses not to because she is involved with the wrong crowd of friends and she’s a follower this is not right no 16 year old child who is unstable should be getting her own apartment and be approved for Ontario works please help thank you

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

If your daughter has filed an application with Ontario Works, and they have determined that she's eligible to receive aid, then you can't appeal that decision on her behalf, even as a parent. Her privacy and confidentiality are protected. 

It seems like your daughter may be going through a lot of personal struggles. It may be a good idea to look into mental health resources for her. 

We're sorry for the challenges you and your daughter are facing. 

We hope this helps.

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Question asked on Friday, February 23, 2018 - 02:01

After three years of license, what is next? Renew a license before work again?

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

Once you go through a babysitting training course, you don't have to take it again. Most childcare training requires you to know how to administer first aid. If you feel like you need to refresh your memory, you can take a course again. The Red Cross offers a babysitting course you can take.

We hope this helps.

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Question asked on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:34

Who is the author of the article What is OSAP?

Comment:

Hello and thank you for your question.

All articles are written by staff of OCASI, or in partnership with other organizations.

We hope this helps.

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