If you are receiving Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support, and you are:

  • earning money from work or from a business, and
  • pursuing high school or post-secondary education,

you may qualify for an earnings exemption.

As long as you are enrolled full time in high school or post-secondary school:

  • All of your earnings are exempt, which means the earnings will not affect your eligibility or the amount you get for Income Support, and
  • You can save the money you earn to pay for your school costs without affecting your Income Support.

Since your earnings are completely exempt, you will not qualify for the Work-Related Benefit.

This means you can take full advantage of any increase to your earnings while you are enrolled in high school or post-secondary school.

If you are attending high school, your summer earnings are also exempt as long as you intend to return to school in the fall.

If you are in post secondary school, the exemption applies to the four months preceding your attendance in post-secondary school. This is called the pre-study period. The exemption also applies while you are attending post-secondary school.

For example, if you are starting post-secondary education for the school year starting in September and ending in April, your pre-study period is May to August. Your earnings from May to April will be exempt.

This full earnings exemption applies to all adult family members who attend either high school or post secondary school full time.

If you are planning to go to high school or post-secondary school, contact your Ontario disability Support Program worker for information about how the post-secondary earnings exemption applies.


How do I get this exemption?

You and your family need to:

  • report the money you earn from work or from running your own business, and
  • talk to your Ontario Disability Support Program worker about the proof you need to provide about your full time enrolment in high school or post-secondary school.

Your worker can tell you what to report and how.

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