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    Default Is this true?

    I had heard in passing that everyone is entitled to descretionary benefits once a year, for all sorts of different things such as moving expenses. Is this true? or can you only get it if on assistance?

    If this is true it would be amazing and would mean we could move out of our townhouse for decembre 1st into a townhouse thats cheaper, a 3rd bedroom and directly across the street from Markus school.

    SO is laid off in december, so we were going to put it off until february, but if those benefits are available to everyone then that would help enormously. Even if we had to pay it back.

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    I think it's for OW only???

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    Hmmm.. I have never heard this before?!?! I would be interesting in hearing more... will be following this thread.
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    Ahh dude there's no way it's general public discretionary benefits. That would be nice tho!

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    Have you checked the EI benefits?

    that would be awesome for you!

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    I had heard this from my mother who is on OW, and she said that she was told from her worker that everyone is eligible one time a year. Im going to call tomorrow and find out for sure though. Im skepticle, but it would be nice...

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    Yeah everyone-on-OW. Not everyone. Guaranfreakingteed.

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    Could you imagine how cool that would be if it were everyone?!? Sunshine and kittens here I come!
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    I just googled it, it says everyone is elegible to apply not just those on OW. If you meet the financial guidelines you will be accepted, and amount will be determined by income.

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    O RLY? Can you post a link? Coz that sounds damn awesome.

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    linkage please!

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    Ontario Works London

    heres the London.ca link it wont let me link the FAQ where it says that you do not have to be on OW od ODSP, but I think in the search you can get to it from there.

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    Discretionary Benefits
    This program provides financial assistance towards the cost of special items of extreme need such as eye glasses, emergency dental, dentures, prosthetics, and funerals. Discretionary Benefits is available to social assistance recipients including Ontario Works clients and Ontario Disability Support Program clients. Discretionary Benefits may also be available to low income applicants or applicants in receipt of Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security or Guaranteed Annual Income Supplement. In some cases a “financial needs test“ will be required to determine eligibility.“

    Would moving expenses count as an 'extreme need' though?!? I doubt it..
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    From your linK:
    Discretionary Benefits
    This program provides financial assistance towards the cost of special items of extreme need such as eye glasses, emergency dental, dentures, prosthetics, and funerals. Discretionary Benefits is available to social assistance recipients including Ontario Works clients and Ontario Disability Support Program clients. Discretionary Benefits may also be available to low income applicants or applicants in receipt of Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security or Guaranteed Annual Income Supplement. In some cases a “financial needs test“ will be required to determine eligibility.
    Well I never. Cool.

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    Somehow I don't think wanting to move falls under 'special items of extreme need' though.

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