"Under Special Circumstances"?

Hello, I am 16 years old and my home life is not well. There is lots of neglect and no support for my various mental illnesses. Both me and my social worker think that I would be better off living on my own but I do not have the finatial support to do so. I am a full time student with a part time job making $10.55 an hour, but that is obviously not enough to live off of. Whenever I do research on if I am eligable for social assistance (money) it always says something like: If you are 16 or 17 you may be eligable "under certain circumstances" I was wondering what that means? Like how bad does my life have to be? Would I be eligable?



Thank you for your question.

If you are 16 years old and want to apply for social assistance, you can be eligible under certain circumstances. “Under certain circumstances” means it depends on your situation at home.

To be eligible for Ontario Works, you might have to show an OW worker that your parents will not let you live at home, or it is harmful for you to live there. The OW worker will evaluate your specific situation and take into consideration your overall well-being, including your mental illnesses and neglect. You can find more information here on how to apply for OW.

Ontario Works can also help you to find a better job by providing you with job counselling and job-specific training while giving access to basic education so that you finish your high school education. You can find more information on OW through their website here.

Your social worker has more knowledge about your circumstances; talk to them about applying for Ontario Works. You can begin the application process by visiting your nearest Ontario Works office. Find the nearest OW office here.

If you are looking to find support for your mental health, you can find some options here. You can also visit a community health centre near you.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow-up to your question/situation.

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