Reporting your earnings each month

It is important for you to tell us about any earnings you, your spouse or adult dependants receive each month.

To help you report your earnings, you get the Employment/Training Income Report form with your ODSP cheque or your direct bank deposit statement at the end of every month.

Why do I report my earnings?

We want to make sure that the money you receive from ODSP each month is the right amount. You can help us do that by filling out this form and getting it in to us on time. The amount of money you are paid in your job or training program in one month will be used to calculate the amount of money you receive from ODSP in the following month.

What information do I report?

It is important for you to tell us about any earnings you, your spouse or adult dependants received between the first day of the month and the last day of the month.

This means telling us the amount of your gross earnings. Gross earnings are the total amount of money you have earned from a job or training program before any deductions are made, including:

  • all of your wages, including any commissions
  • any tips or gratuities you get as part of your job
  • vacation pay, and
  • bonuses.

It is also important for you to tell us about:

  • Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance deductions required by law
  • any union dues that you pay
  • any contributions you make to a pension plan you have at work (this does not include Canada Pension Plan contributions)
  • any work-related child care expenses you have, and
  • any disability-related work expenses you have.

How do I report my earnings?

Unless your caseworker tells you otherwise, you have two options. You can either:

  • fill in and sign the bottom of the Employment/Training Income Report form and keep your paystubs and receipts (you may be asked to provide them at a later date); or
  • sign the bottom of the form and attach your paystubs and receipts, copies of your pay stubs or a letter from your employer or training program showing your gross earnings for the month along with any copies of receipts for child care expenses or disability-related work expenses for the month (if applicable).

When do I send it in?

You need to get your information into your local ODSP office as soon as possible, but no later than the seventh day of the following month.

Here's an example:

You receive $250 between September 1 and September 30.

You:

  • fill out the Employment/Training Income Report, and
  • send it into your local ODSP office by October 7.

In this way, we can calculate how much money you will receive at the end of October.

calendar showing September and October

What happens if I forget?

If we don’t receive your report by the seventh day of the month, we won't be able to calculate how much money you should receive at the end of the month. That means we will have to temporarily suspend your ODSP payments.

Once the ODSP office receives your report, we can start sending your payments again, as long as you are still eligible to receive them.

What if I didn't earn anything this month?

Maybe you have a job or you're in a training program, but you didn't earn anything this month. If this happens, you still need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report and get it into your local ODSP office by the seventh day of the following month.

When you fill out the form:

  • put $0 under the gross earnings section.

What if I’ve stopped working?

If your job or training program has just ended, you still have to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report.

When you fill out the form:

  • include the end date — that's the day that your job or training program ended, and
  • include the name of your employer or training program.

You will also need to contact your local ODSP office to tell your caseworker that you have stopped working or your training program has ended. You may be asked to provide verification that your job or training program has ended. For example, you may need to send in a copy of your Record of Employment or a letter from your employer.

If you have stopped working, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance. To find out more about Canada's Employment Insurance program and how to apply, you can contact Service Canada by:

Telephone: 1-800 206-7218
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1 800 529-3742
Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca