If you are receiving Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support, you need to tell your Ontario Disability Support Program worker about any money you and your family receive, including money:

  • you or your spouse earn from work (a job or a training program), and
  • your children 18 years of age or older earn from a job.

The money you and your family earn from work may reduce your Income Support.

As of September 1, 2013, you can earn up to $200 a month without having your income support reduced. If you have earnings, you will see this change in your October 2013 payment. If you earn more than $200 a month, half of your earnings above $200 are exempt - this means half of your earnings do not affect your eligibility or the amount of money you get for Income Support.

You can also claim some of your child care and disability-related work costs as deductions from your earnings before they reduce your Income Support.

There are exceptions

We do not consider the earnings of your children if they are under 18 years of age. Their earnings are completely exempt. You do not need to tell your worker about their earnings.

If you or members of your family are enrolled full time in high school or an approved post-secondary institution your or your family member’s earnings are completely exempt.

How earnings affect your Income Support:

  1. If you are not attending high school or post-secondary school full-time, we look at your net monthly earnings. This is the money you earn from work minus your mandatory deductions, such as income tax, Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance contributions and union fees.
  2. You can earn up to $200 a month and your income support will not be affected. We apply this $200 earnings exemption to your net income.
  3. We calculate half of your net monthly earnings above $200 (50% is exempt).
  4. From the amount in step 3, we deduct part or all of your monthly child care and disability-related work costs that you report to us.
  5. We subtract the final amount in step 4 from your Income Support amount.
  6. We give you an extra $100 Work-Related Benefit.

In the same way, we will consider any money earned by your spouse or children 18 years of age or older who are not attending high school or post-secondary school full time.

What you need to report to your worker

You and your family need to report:

  • any money you earn from work, and
  • your child care and disability-related work costs.

Your worker can tell you how to report this information.

We will use this information to calculate your Income Support. Your worker can help you figure out how your earnings affect your Income Support.

 

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