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Reporting my work and training income: Filling out the Employment/Training Income Report form

You need to tell your caseworker how much money you and the adults in your family make. This includes pay from a job or training program.

That’s why at the end of every month, we send you an Employment/Training Income Report form. You get this with your ODSP cheque or direct bank deposit statement.

The Employment/Training Income Report form and the Changes Report form are two different forms.

You need to use the Changes Report form to report when something changes in your life.

For more information, read our information sheet Reporting when something changes in my life: Filling out the Changes Report form.


Why do I need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form?

We want to make sure that the money you receive from ODSP each month is the right amount. You can help us to do that by filling out this form and getting it in to us on time.

When do I need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form?

If you or another adult in your family are working, or are paid for training, you need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form every month.

Your completed form tells ODSP how much money you and the adults in your family were paid between the first day of the month and the last day of the month.

If I didn't earn anything this month, do I still need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form?

Yes. If you usually report how much you make, you still need to fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form even if you didn’t earn anything this month.

If you or another adult in your family did not earn money this month, put $0 under the gross earnings section when you fill out the form.

Note: The money you’re paid by 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.

Depending on how much you make, it may mean that you may receive less money from ODSP the next month.

That’s why it is really important to save some of the money you earn — especially if you think your job or training program is going to end soon.


Do I need to report my net earnings or gross earnings?

You and your adult family members need to report your gross earnings.

Gross earnings may include:

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

ODSP calculates your net earnings based on your gross earnings and your family circumstances. We use your net earnings to calculate your ODSP income support.

Gross earnings refer to the money you get before mandatory deductions are made. Net earnings refer to the money you get after mandatory deductions are made. That is, the money you take home.

Mandatory deductions are things like income tax, Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance contributions and union dues.


What else do I need to report?

In addition to gross earnings, you and adult family members must also use the form to tell us about:

  • union dues
  • any contributions to a pension plan (not including CPP contributions)
  • child care expenses, and
  • disability-related work expenses.

ODSP will use this information to calculate the earnings that are deducted from your ODSP payments.

How will my work pay affect my ODSP 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, only 50 per cent of your net earnings, (or business profits, if you are self-employed), are deducted from your income support payment. If you’re attending a secondary or post-secondary school full-time, we won’t deduct any of your earnings from your ODSP income support.

Talk to your caseworker to find how your earnings or business profits will specifically affect your ODSP income support.

What do I do after I fill out the form?

After you or an adult family member fill out the form:

  • sign and date it
  • attach copies of your pay stubs, or a letter from your employer or training program, that shows your gross earnings for the month
  • attach copies of receipts for child care expenses or disability-related work expenses for the month (if applicable), and
  • mail, fax, or drop off everything to your local ODSP office no later than the 7th day of the following month. For example, you should report your September earnings no later than October 7th.

What if I forget to send the form in on time?

If we don’t receive your form by the 7th day of the following month, we won't be able to calculate how much money you should receive at the end of the month.

That means we may have to temporarily stop sending you your ODSP payments until we receive your completed Employment/Training Income Report form.

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

What if I stop working or attending a training program?

If you or an adult family member stop working or attending a training program, you need to:

  • tell your caseworker right away
  • fill out the Employment/Training Income Report form that month, and include:
    • when your job or training program ended, and
    • the name of your employer or training program
  • send the Employment/Training Income Report form to your caseworker.

Your caseworker may ask you to provide verification that your job or training program has ended. This could be a copy of your Record of Employment or a letter from your employer.

Need more information?

For more information, please contact your caseworker at your local ODSP office.

To find contact information for your local office and learn more about ODSP visit: ontario.ca/socialassistance.

For general questions, please call ServiceOntario at:

Telephone: 1-888-789-4199
Teletypewriter (TTY):1-800-387-5559